Premier League new boys Bournemouth showed their class and three tier advantage over Hartlepool at Victoria Park on Tuesday evening with a comfortable 4-0 win.
In front of a crowd of nearly 5,000, both sides fielded changed sides to those who played in Saturday's games. Bournemouth making 11 changes whilst the Pools opted to make just three.
The Cherries gave competitive debuts to keeper Adam Federici, record signing Tyrone Mings, as well as veteran defender Sylvain Distin and loanee Christian Atsu.
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Strong first half
Atsu set the mood of the game early on, thundering a shot off the cross bar two minutes in. Despite a flurry of chances, it took them until the 30 minute mark to open the scoring, with French fan favourite Yann Kermorgant finishing Junior Stanislas' square ball. Four minutes later, ex-Newcastle and Everton man, Dan Gosling doubled the lead from the edge of box.
Gosling has scored all six of his Bournemouth goals in the League cup, becoming quite a specialist in the competition, despite being generally unspectacular in league appearances.
Another player who hasn't made waves so far in the league for Bournemouth is Junior Stanislas, who arrived from Burnley last summer, reuniting with old boss Eddie Howe. Despite this, he had a good pre-season with several goals to his name and continued this in the north east grabbing himself a brace to confirm the 0-4 win which could have easily been much more emphatic.
Adam Federici made a few good saves to deny Hartlepool with their four shots on target and other good chances for the home side were wasted - being shot over or wide - an indicator of the difference in class.
Bournemouth's defence included Tyrone Mings who was solid throughout and Adam Smith who's pace threatened down the wings, along with Atsu. The centre backs were generally good, with youngster Baily Cargill regularly pushing forward in attack, but Distin made several mistakes which could have easily led to Hartlepool goals.
Another fan favourite, Matt Ritchie was subbed on for Atsu in the last ten minutes along with youngster Matt Butcher, who earned himself his first professional contract with the south coast club late last season.
Into round three
Even as a second string group, the visitors footballing skill impressed the home crowd who applauded both teams - especially Junior Stanislas' first goal, a stunning free kick.
Many from the squad will hope they showcased their talents enough to break into the starting 11 and make their Premier League debuts under Eddie Howe, whilst Hartlepool who were previously unbeaten at home ahead of the clash will hope for a decent season in League Two.
In the third round draw, Bournemouth were drawn to face newly promoted Championship side Preston North End.
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