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Chelsea beat Grimsby 7-1 on Wednesday night to progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic struggled to execute his tactics against Grimsby in the first half but admitted both players were better in the second half.
Asked if it was good to see Hudson-Odoi back in action, Lampard said at his post-match press conference: “Yeah of course. Firstly he has signed up, so that is good so that puts to bed everything else.
“In terms of his performance, I thought first half not so sure.
“I thought him and Christian as wingers, the message was to hurt the line and run behind and end up in areas inside the box where you’re taking people on.
“It wasn’t happening and that message didn’t get across because at half-time it had to be reinforced pretty strongly and in the second half we managed to get into better positions.”