Preston manager Darren Ferguson hailed his side after they recorded a thumping 5-0 victory over Stockport in the first round of the Carling Cup.
Goals from Callum Davidson, Matty James, Paul Hayes (2) and Josh King sealed a comfortable success.
And Ferguson said: "We put out a fairly young side but the experienced players complimented them and so we got the right blend.
"It was a good result, a clean sheet, so we can take this result into Saturday now. This win will give everyone confidence.
"We knew beforehand that this could have been a potential banana skin for us so we had to make sure. We did that and we were very professional."
"After the first goal went in the game opened up a bit in the second half, but credit to Stockport, they gave us a good game in that first half."