If yesterday has taught us anything, it is that you can never write off a League Two side against one of the big boys of the Premier League.
Colchester United have paved the way for Grimsby Town to replicate the same unlikely success against Chelsea as they did against Tottenham Hotspur.
But they will have to do it their own way… so just what will that entail? Well, here’s two ways they might be able to about it and trouble Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Cup clean sheets
Grimsby are yet to concede a goal in the competition. With a 1-0 win over higher league opposition Doncaster Rovers in the first round, followed by a 0-0 draw with Macclesfield Town in round two (a match they won on penalties), the Mariners have shown strong resilience in duties away from league football this season.
With another reminder of last nights shock victory at Colchester, frustrating the better team and remaining resilient is exactly what Grimsby need to do tonight.
The onus will be on Lampard and Chelsea who will be desperate to record their first win under the new manager at Stamford Bridge. Grimsby need to use this to their advantage.
Manager Michael Jolley should be confident that his team can get at Chelsea and score goals. The side is yet to keep a clean sheet all season and have shown weaknesses at the back, even with a huge amount of squad rotation.
Chelsea’s new-look young side are still finding their feet and can be taken advantage of. There is no better man in a Grimsby shirt to do this than Hanson who already has five goals to his name this season, already matching that of his last campaign.
The powerful number nine has scored penalties, headers and poacher’s goals this season making him a handful for whatever defence he comes up against at any level.