AFC Bournemouth put on a professional display to defeat Hartlepool United 4-0 in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
A Junior Stanislas brace and single contributions from Dan Gosling and Yann Kermorgant ensured that Eddie Howe’s men progressed to the next round.
The Cherries threatened early on, and Christian Atsu almost scored within five minutes. Cutting in from the left the Chelsea loanee was unlucky to see his shot rocket off the inside of the crossbar and fall away to safety.
Lee Tomlin then wriggled free on the edge of the penalty area and unselfishly teed up Junior Stanislas. But Hartlepool goalkeeper Adam Bartlett was equal to the 25-year-old’s effort and tipped the ball behind for a corner.
Not to be deterred, Stanislas created the opener soon after. Finding space on the right of the penalty area he cut the ball back to Yann Kermorgant who slotted past Bartlett to give the Cherries the lead.
The men in red and black soon had the ball in the net once more. As a late-arriving Dan Gosling drilled an effort in from the edge of the penalty area to double the advantage.
The Cherries continued to look threatening going forward, and they were to get one more before the interval.
A whipped free-kick from Stanislas was too hot for Bartlett to handle and he could do nothing but push the ball into the corner of his net.
The home side looked more confident in the second half, but they were still struggling to contain Stanislas who doubled his personal tally in the 65th minute.
Atsu slipped the former Burnley man in one-on-one, and he showed superb composure to round Bartlett before tucking home from a tight angle.
Substitute Tokelo Rantie then almost mirrored Stanislas’ goal, but the Bafana striker was adjudged to have strayed offside and saw his effort ruled out by an offside flag.
The hosts then rifled a free-kick dangerously close past Adam Federici’s crossbar, before a swift counter-attack saw Atsu curl wide from close range.
The home side then had one other chance in the 80th minute. Rakish Bingham was the first to react in the Cherries penalty area, but he snatched at the opportunity and sent his effort wide.
Cherries: Federici, Smith (Butcher, 76), Distin, Cargill, Mings, Atsu (Ritchie 76), MacDonald, Gosling, Stanislas, Kermorgant (Rantie, 64), Tomlin.
Not used: Allsop, Surman, Ritchie, Ward, Butcher, Costa, Rantie.