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Kevin Phillips on Wednesday's Carabao Cup action

24 September 2020

Kevin Phillips was certainly impressed by what he saw during Wednesday night's Carabao Cup Round Three action!

Speaking as a pundit on EFL on Quest, the former Sunderland AFC and England striker discussed what was a fantastic night of fixtures that featured a flurry of goals.

On Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley...

“You have to give credit to Barnsley, they started the game exceptionally well and I think sloppiness crept into the players of Chelsea tonight. 

“It took until 3-0 to get that smile on Lampard’s face and, from then on, Chelsea dominated the game and played some exceptional football.” 

On Emiliano Marcondes and Brentford...

“When [Ollie] Watkins leaves, you want someone to step up, and what a fantastic finish it was by him today.

“He’s started the season on fire and now it’s time for his turn to step up to the plate and show what he can do.” 

On Dean Henderson's dazzling debut for Manchester United...

“He was fantastic at Sheffield United. He’s come back and is really going to challenge for David De Gea’s number one spot. He’s come out and said it, he’s not signed for United to play second fiddle. 

“David De Gea made a few mistakes last season and that’s going to bring out the best in him.” 

On Joelinton's starring role in Newcastle's big win...

“It’s been a disappointing start to his career at Newcastle, coming with a lot of criticism from Alan Shearer, but it’s a big season for him.

“Callum Wilson has come in and it looks like he’s going to play most of the games, so Joelinton saw his opportunity tonight and took it. He’s got competition now, so that might help him.” 

On Brighton duo Max Sanders and Alireza Jahanbakhsh...

“I think Max Sanders was excellent last night, he had a 91 per cent pass success rate and sat in front of the back four, dictating the game. A good young player and exciting talent.

“He [Jahanbakhsh] played in a three on the right side of it, and it was a great finish from him today, a goal of a man in confidence. 

"He only scored two goals last season, so Brighton will be looking for a bigger return from him this season.” 

On Eddie Nketiah's Arsenal breakthrough...

“He’s been away and he’s learnt his trade, and he’s come back and started this season so well.

“Of course, for his country, he’s captained the under-21s and scored a hat-trick on that last outing. He’s on 11 goals for them and chasing down Alan Shearer’s and Francis Jeffers' record.” 

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