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Chelsea play host to Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup third round tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and it’s a competition Frank Lampard will like to win as a manager, having won it as a player.
However, it might not come so easy in a cup competition where upsets usually take place every season.
Four years ago in the FA Cup, Bradford City came from two goals down to stun the Blues at the Bridge as they won the game 4-2, in what was a shocking comeback in the FA Cup fourth round tie.
Grimsby Town striker James Hanson was part of the Bradford team that defeated Chelsea four years ago, and he has told the Grimsby Telegraph that he is keen to inflict another shocking defeat against the Blues.
“They’re memories that will last forever for me and all the boys that played that day,” said Hanson, who won the League Two Player of the Month award for August after scoring five goals for his new club.
“There are always cup upsets, obviously with Bradford while I was there, and other teams that have gone to places like that and won.
“We can take hope from that, and go to Chelsea under no pressure and enjoy the game.
“I’ll pass my experience on to the lads if needs be, but first and foremost, I think you’ve got to enjoy those games, regardless of the result.
“Ninety-nine times out of 100, they would beat us. Hopefully luck is on our side, we can ask as many questions we can of them, and cause a bit of an upset.”
Surprisingly, Chelsea do not have a very strong record against Grimsby Town, as the Blues have lost 14 times to Wednesday’s Carabao Cup opponents Grimsby.