Bournemouth turned on the style to sweep Hartlepool United aside in the Capital One Cup.
The Premier League new boys scored three times in the first half to dispel any notions of an upset at Victoria Park.
Boss Eddie Howe made 11 changes to the team which gained the Cherries their first top-flight win at West Ham on Saturday.
But he started with six of his 18-man squad at Upton Park and two of his starting XI from that win were on the bench at the Vic, though not needed.
Yann Kermogant set them on their way on the half-hour, with Ryan Gosling doubling the advantage inside four minutes.
And if it wasn’t already game over, it was a minute from half-time when Junior Stanislas scored a superb free-kick.
The Cherries threatened several more in the second period but had to be content with a second for Stanislas in the 64th minute.
Bournemouth were almost in front inside two minutes when Atsu cut in from the right-side of the area and let fly with his left foot, his shot cannoning off the crossbar and just in front of Bartlett’s line.
It was an early and clear warning from the Cherries, who passed the ball about in a slick fashion, though their final ball would invariably go astray.
Stanislas and Tyrone Mings created danger in the 19th minute but Scott Harrison got his head in the way of Stanislas’s shot.
Pools were defending well, with Rakish Bingham spending more time in his own half than in away territory.
Adam Bartlett made a good save to keep the scoreline blank in 26 minutes, diving to his left to keep out Stanislas’s shot.
The home crowd saw the first bit of Pools football a minute later but the promise soon petered out.
And the first away goal came on the 30-minute mark.
Gosling and Stanislas opened up the Pools defence allowing KERMORGANT to stroll in and sidefoot past Bartlett from eight yards.
It was 2-0 inside four minutes, Mings, Stanislas and Lee Tomlin combining to set up GOSLING who collected just outside the box, advanced a couple of yards and fired an excellent shot low past
Bartlett into the keeper’s right corner.
Stanlislas went just wide in the 37th minute and four minutes later, Bartlett dived full length to his left to save Atsu’s long-range bullet.
But the keeper was beaten for the third time in the 44th minute.
Michael Woods conceded a freekick just outside the box which STANISLAS curled into Bartlett’s top right corner.
Pools started the second half with Scott Fenwick on for Paynter and was straight into the action at the away end.
But normal service soon resumed, Tomlin and Smith wreaking havoc but Pools cleared.
There was an attempt at goal from Pools on the 50th-minute mark as Boyce’s header was collected easily by Adam Federici from a Jake Carroll free-kick
The Pools goal was under threat again with Bartlett making saves from Tomlin and Stanislas with Oates blocking an effort from Atsu.
Full-backs Duckworth and Carroll did superbly to keep out Tomlin but a fourth goal was inevitable.
It arrived in the 64th minute, STANISLAS scores with ease from close range after a brilliant reverse pass by Atsu.
Ronnie Moore immediately made a double change, bringing on Brad Walker and Connor Smith for Woods and Oates.
Bournemouth also made a change, with Tokelo Rantie coming on for Kermorgant and he soon had the ball in the net but was flagged for offside.
Pools kept plugging away and they saw some play in Cherries territory.
Bingham had a shot charged down by Mings and Walker’s free-kick from 25 yards was tipped over by Federici.
But the visitors continued to threaten and Atsu was inches wide following a strong run by Tomlin.
Walker went agonisingly close to a consolation goal in 81st minute following a Duckworth cross.
And Duckworth was at it again to find Bingham four minutes later, but Federici saved at his near post.
Pools were finishing the tie well but they could not score.
Magnay served up a chance on a plate for Bingham, whose miss-hit shot tricked tamely to Federici.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0
Pools: Bartlett, Duckworth, Harrison, Boyce, Carroll, Magnay, Featherstone, Woods (Waker 75), Oates (Smith 75), Paynter (Fenwick 46), Bingham.
Unused subs: Denton, Jones, Oyenuga
Bournemouth: Federici, Smith (Butcher 77), Caygill, Distin, Mings, Atsu (Ritchie 77), Stanislas, Gosling, MacDonald, Tomlin, Kermorgant (Rantie 64)
Unused subs: Allsop, Surman, Ward, Costa
Goals: Kermorgant 30; Gosling 34; Stanislas 44, 64
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 4890 (Bournemouth 164)