Darren Ferguson admitted Peterborough could hardly have made a better start to their 2012/13 season after breezing into the second round of the Capital One Cup with a 4-0 victory over Southend.
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Ferguson saw his men hit their stride in smooth style when overwhelming their npower League Two opposition at London Road.
Lee Tomlin, Paul Taylor, Joe Newell and George Boyd shared the goals as Posh warmed up for their Championship derby opener at Leicester on Saturday without having to get out of second gear.
Ferguson said: "We scored four goals - four particularly good ones at that - and kept a clean sheet in a comfortable victory, so I have to be pleased with that.
"It was a very professional performance and we dealt with the few problems Southend posed.
"The lads have been patient throughout a long pre-season and I knew they were ready for a proper game, so it is no surprise we played well.
"It was a good way to prepare for the start of the Championship.
"I watched Leicester last weekend and it is clear they are a good side, but there is no doubt that we will cause teams problems if playing the sort of football we produced in this game.
"We passed the ball well and played at a good tempo. Those are things we pride ourselves on and need to do regularly."
Southend twice hit the woodwork but that did little to improve the mood of Southend boss Paul Sturrock.
"We let ourselves down," he said.
"We were better in the second half than we had been in the first period, but the horse had already bolted by then.
"Granted Peterborough are a good Championship side but we should be doing better than we did tonight.
"We have a lot of young boys trying to learn their positions but we need men and that's something I'm going to have to look at.
"The engine room is the most crucial part of any team and we are just too soft-centred in there currently.
"The lack of experience and confidence is clear to see."