EFL Cup roundup: Kai Havertz hits hat-trick to ease Chelsea through, Newcastle record biggest away victory

Kai Havertz of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal with teammates Ross Barkley and Emerson during the Carabao Cup third round match between Chelsea and Barnsley at Stamford Bridge on September 23, 2020 in London, England.

Frank Lampard said Kai Havertz is just getting started after opening his Chelsea account with a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley during the English Football League (EFL) Cup, also known as Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, on Wednesday.

Havertz had struggled to make an impact in his first two Premier League games since sealing a reported 71 million British pounds (90.35 million U.S. dollars) move from Bayer Leverkusen as the most expensive signing of Chelsea's 200 million British pounds (254.55 million U.S. dollars) spending spree in the transfer market.

But the 21-year-old German was one of just three players to retain his place from Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool and Lampard's decision reaped its reward as he scored his first senior hat-trick.

"I am delighted with Kai, it was everything I wanted from him," said Lampard.

"He had no pre-season so I wanted to give him more time on the pitch with his teammates, learning how we play and press. It was a great night for Kai and it is the first of many for him."

Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell also made their Chelsea debuts, while Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley made the most of rare starts to get their names on the scoresheet.

Abraham pounced on loose pass deep in the Barnsley half to slam home the opener before Havertz's calm finish opened his Chelsea account.

A brilliant unselfish flick from Abraham teed Havertz up perfectly to convert his second after Barkley drove home on his weaker left foot.

Havertz was due to be replaced by Chilwell 25 minutes from time but just completed his hat-trick in time by rounding Brad Collins before tapping into an empty net before Olivier Giroud completed the scoring.

"I am very happy to score three goals, but this is just my beginning at the club and I want to score more and more goals," said Havertz.

Chelsea will face either Tottenham or Leyton Orient in the last 16 with the outcome of that tie yet to be decided after the match was postponed on Tuesday due to a number of coronavirus cases among the Orient players.

Newcastle United recorded their biggest away victory with a 7-0 thrashing of Morecambe on Wednesday.

Newcastle's Brazilian striker Joelinton scored twice with Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles and a Sam Lavelle own goal adding to the tally.

The newly-promoted Premier League club edged their League Two rivals scoring five times before the break, for the first time since 1993.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: "Some of the football, particularly the first half an hour, was terrific. I've said it many, many times now, we're capable of winning five games, which gets you maybe to a cup final."

"Undoubtedly they deserved to go through to the next round of the cup. To win 7-0 away from home, I thought they respected the competition very well," said Morecambe manager Derek Adams.

EFL Cup results on September 23

Newcastle United 7-0 Morecambe

Arsenal 2-0 Leicester City

Everton 5-2 Fleetwood Town

Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley

Stoke City 1-0 Gillingham

Preston North End 0-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

Milwall 0-2 Burnley

Fulham 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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