Burton Albion captain John Mousinho was pleased with his side's display in Wednesday night's 5-0 friendly defeat over Kidsgrove Athletic.
The Brewers strolled to victory over the Northern Premier League Division One South side in their first pre-season encounter of the summer, as a debut goal from Matty Lund, strikes from Jackson Irvine and Marcus Dinanga and a Ben Fox double eased Burton to victory on a balmy summers evening in Stoke-on-Trent.
Albion fielded separate XIs at the Novus Stadium, with debutants Matty Lund and Stephen Warnock taking to the field for the first time in a Brewers shirt - and Lund didn't mess about, notching his first goal for the club after just two minutes.
Matty Fryatt was given the 45 minutes that he was promised, and he looked lively up front - holding up the ball well and forcing a smart save from Kidsgrove 'keeper Ben Lucas.
Luke Murphy made his second debut for the club, wearing the captain's armband in the for the first 45 minutes, while Liam Boyce entered the fray in the second-half, partnering Marcus Dinanga up front and setting up a goal for the youngster.
The Brewers were much more clinical in that second period, hitting four goals to run out comfortable winners over a Kidsgrove side that faced the prospect of three games in five days after defeats to Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra on Saturday and Tuesday night respectively.
Mousinho played the second half of the friendly, on the right of a three-man defence, with Brewers boss Nigel Clough opting for a familiar 3-5-2 system in both halves.
It was certainly a good start for the Brewers, who moved the ball around comfortably on the deck and created plenty of chances, against an albeit limited Kidsgrove side.
And skipper Mousinho was certainly pleased with the start the side have made to their pre-season.
That match against Kidsgrove was the first of 10 pre-season fixtures, with trips to against Mickleover Sports and Solihull Moors to come on Friday and Wednesday night respectively, and the skipper was relieved to get back into the swing of things.
With just over three weeks until the start of the season, Clough is determined to get his charges fit and ready for another long 46-game Championship season.
That is something Mousinho will be well aware of - but for now they are taking it one game at a time.
"Yeah it was great - lovely summer's evening, nice pitch, nice ground," Mousinho said post-match.
"The opposition were a decent level. I think they've probably had a couple of tough games this week as well, so that possibly made it a bit easier for us.
"But in all honesty, the most important thing with any pre-season game, especially the first one is just to get through it injury free, get a feel for the ball, and really get back into some of the basics of the game.
"I think we achieved that today, so that was really pleasing.
"Of course you look forward to the games in the season and pre-season as well, it’s just lovely to get back out on the pitch and play in a competitive environment.
"We've put in a good week and a half's worth of work and now the games are coming thick and fast.
"Even though you’re only playing 45 minutes, it's great to be out there on the grass and really getting a feel for the ball back and a feel for the size of the pitch and the competitive nature of it .
"I think that's the important thing about pre-season obviously, the result's great, scoring goals is great and playing well is a bonus, but just really getting a feel and making sure you don't get injured and obviously getting your fitness levels up as well."