Grant McCann hailed an “excellent” performance as Hull City eased past Grimsby to reach the Papa John’s Trophy knockout stages.
Martin Samuelsen’s brace and a strike from substitute James Scott earned the Tigers a convincing 3-0 win to guarantee top spot in Northern Group H.
“I thought we were excellent,” said McCann.
“From the minute we started the game, we had to make sure we were right tactically.
“They play in a certain way, a little bit similar to the way Sunderland played against us in the Carabao Cup, with the two 10s.
“They’ve got two good players there in Kyle Bennett and Sean Scannell.
“They’re experienced players who have been around the leagues so we had to make sure we were right with that first and foremost.
“I thought we were good when we got into the final third. We looked clinical tonight.
“We had numerous opportunities again but it was nice to get three goals and they were three excellent finishes to win us the game.”
Samuelsen scored his first goals in Hull City colours and could have had his first senior hat-trick but Mariners keeper James McKeown saved his late penalty.
McCann was delighted nonetheless with the Norwegian’s contribution.
“I thought his performance was good,” he said.
“His first goal was excellent – a great finish off his left foot. Tom Eaves has pulled on the back post, he’s dropped it down for Regan Slater and he’s just set it for Martin.
“It’s a tremendous finish. Calm, didn’t smash it, calm into the top corner.
“The second one is something we want our forwards to do more often - arrive at the back post.
“It was a great bit of skill from Hakeeb Adelakun to work his way into the box.
"He was at least two yards onside and they were two good goals to put us in the lead at half-time.
“I’m just disappointed for him he didn’t get his first senior hat-trick. He’s got many years left in the game and hopefully it’ll come at some stage.”