Championship side Peterborough eased past League Two Southend in the Capital One Cup first round.

Lee Tomlin stabbed home the hosts' first, before Paul Taylor beat two defenders and slotted home for 2-0.

And moments later Joe Newell delightfully chipped over the keeper to effectively end the contest.

Southend came close when Kane Ferdinand's header hit the bar, but George Boyd fired home to secure a comfortable victory for the Posh.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"The fourth goal was the best, we just kept passing it and moving it and Tommo (Lee Tomlin) found Boydy with a great pass and it was a good finish.

"We've had to be patient for the start of the season. It's taken a long time [to arrive] but I felt the team were ready for it.

"We put a good, professional performance on and I was pleased about that.

"The second half, they caused us one or two problems because they changed their formation but the main threat was set-pieces, the boy Hall does have a hell of a delivery but we dealt with that OK."

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"I've got too many young players who are showing their inexperience, showing their lack of confidence at certain times in the game.

"The engine room is the most important part of any football club, right down the middle. At this minute in time we're soft-centred.

"[Tonight] has exposed the fact that we can't do it without four or five players who are missing today.

"It is showing we need men not boys, the young players need a hand. That's something I'm going to have to look into."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Alcock (Little - 61' )
  • 04 Brisley
  • 05 Zakuani Booked
  • 24 Ntlhe
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 17 Newell (Swanson - 68' )
  • 23 Frecklington (McCann - 76' )
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 10 Boyd
  • 26 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 19 Little
  • 07 Swanson
  • 11 McCann
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 21 Ajose
  • 22 Clarke-Harris

Southend

  • 34 Belford
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Straker (Hurst - 67' )
  • 15 Phillips
  • 16 Prosser Booked
  • 18 Leonard
  • 23 Barker
  • 04 Hall Booked
  • 12 Ferdinand Booked
  • 09 Harris (Eastwood - 40' )
  • 24 Benyon (Njie - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 05 Coughlan
  • 14 Hurst
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 32 Njie
  • 07 Eastwood
Ref: Brown
Att: 3,225

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

8 2

Corners

5 4

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:00 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +0:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Prosser on Mark Little. Shot comes in from Grant McCann from the free kick, blocked by Chris Barker.

88:43

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

88:43 Booking

Booking Caution for Luke Prosser.

88:26

Luke Prosser concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Swanson.

87:58

Shot by Paul Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

84:35

Foul by Chris Barker on Paul Taylor, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Tomlin, Cameron Belford makes a comfortable save.

84:08

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross, comfortable save by Robert Olejnik.

82:59

The ball is delivered by Paul Taylor.

81:03

The ball is delivered by Grant McCann, clearance made by Chris Barker. Corner taken by Grant McCann from the left by-line played to the near post, Shot by Lee Tomlin. Blocked by Mark Phillips. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann, Cameron Belford makes a save.

75:11

Danny Swanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Hall from right wing, save by Robert Olejnik. Lee Tomlin is penalised for a handball. Kane Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Benyon goes off and Seedy Njie comes on.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Lee Frecklington goes off and Grant McCann comes on.

75:11

Effort from inside the area by Paul Taylor misses to the right of the target.

73:41

Ryan Hall crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Kgosi Ntlhe manages to make a clearance.

73:41 Booking

Booking Gabriel Zakuani is booked.

73:25

Gabriel Zakuani concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevan Hurst.

71:53

George Boyd takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

71:03

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Tomlin from the left by-line, clearance made by Kane Ferdinand.

67:38

Free kick taken by Luke Prosser.

67:38 Substitution

Substitution Danny Swanson comes on in place of Joe Newell.

67:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Frecklington.

66:44

Unfair challenge on Luke Prosser by Paul Taylor results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Prosser.

66:01

Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

66:01 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Kevan Hurst coming on for Anthony Straker.

66:01

The referee blows for offside.

64:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Bostwick on Elliot Benyon. Free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

61:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Zakuani on Elliot Benyon. Ryan Hall has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,

60:32 Substitution

Substitution Craig Alcock goes off and Mark Little comes on.

58:19

Ryan Hall has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

57:01

Lee Tomlin provided the assist for the goal.

57:01 Goal scored

Goal! - George Boyd - Peterboro 4 - 0 Southend George Boyd scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Peterborough 4-0 Southend.

53:58

Unfair challenge on Craig Alcock by Anthony Straker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Boyd.

52:25

The ball is sent over by Mark Phillips, Kane Ferdinand has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

50:56

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the left by-line to the near post, Joe Newell makes a clearance.

48:36

Centre by Anthony Straker, Kane Ferdinand takes a shot. Freddy Eastwood has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

45:58

Ryan Leonard challenges George Boyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

45:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Lee Frecklington. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

45:13

Michael Bostwick has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:18 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:40

Sean Clohessy takes a shot. Gabriel Zakuani gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Hall.

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Joe Newell on Ryan Leonard, free kick awarded. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

43:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Gabriel Zakuani. Ryan Hall delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Robert Olejnik makes a save. Paul Taylor produces a cross.

41:54

George Boyd takes a shot. Blocked by Kane Ferdinand. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Tomlin.

39:10 Substitution

Substitution Neil Harris goes off and Freddy Eastwood comes on.

37:35

Gabriel Zakuani takes the indirect free kick.

37:35 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Kane Ferdinand for unsporting behaviour.

37:27

Foul by Kane Ferdinand on Michael Bostwick, free kick awarded.

33:15

The ball is sent over by Craig Alcock, clearance by Chris Barker.

32:29

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, save by Robert Olejnik.

28:59

Assist by George Boyd.

28:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Newell - Peterboro 3 - 0 Southend A goal is scored by Joe Newell from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Peterborough 3-0 Southend.

27:28

The assist for the goal came from Lee Tomlin.

27:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Taylor - Peterboro 2 - 0 Southend Paul Taylor fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 2-0 Southend.

26:16

Lee Tomlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

24:32

Craig Alcock sends in a cross, Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Barker. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Tomlin.

19:24 Booking

Booking Ryan Hall is booked.

18:52

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford.

15:04

Unfair challenge on Anthony Straker by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick. Ryan Hall crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

14:38

The referee blows for offside against Paul Taylor. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

11:22

Assist by George Boyd. Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Hall, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line.

11:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Tomlin - Peterboro 1 - 0 Southend Lee Tomlin fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-0 Southend.

11:00

Joe Newell sends in a cross,

8:36

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Cameron Belford makes a comfortable save.

7:18

Craig Alcock fouled by Elliot Benyon, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

6:10

The referee penalises Elliot Benyon for handball. Michael Bostwick takes the indirect free kick.

1:40

Paul Taylor challenges Chris Barker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

0:00

The game begins.

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