BRACE-scorer David Brooks played down Cherries’ 5-0 rout over League One MK Dons and insisted: "We’re still getting used to it, but there’s glimpses in the second half of what we’re capable of.”

Goals from Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing and debutant Christian Saydee also helped put the game out of sight as Cherries romped to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

A significant number of home chances, and indeed the goals, came from high-intensity pressing and snatching the ball back from the underprepared Dons.

It was the perfect way to end preparations ahead of the Championship season opener at home to West Brom next Friday for head coach Scott Parker’s side – and a perfect start to his competitive Cherries career.

However, Brooks, who netted the first and last goals of the game, admitted there is still further improvements to come.

When asked if he expected the result, he told the Daily Echo: “Not really the 5-0 but it’s a different style of play and we’re still getting used to it.

“But there’s glimpses in the second half of what we’re capable of, the first half the intensity wasn’t quite there but like you see in the second half the pressing and what we’re aiming to do this season fully paid off and we got the rewards.

“In the first competitive game coming out with the win is obviously what we wanted to do. To score five and for a few of us to get on the scoresheet is great news for the team and build a bit of confidence going into the first game.”

The 24-year-old Wales international should have had more, though, after he saw a handful of simple chances that could have hit the net pass him by.

As well as a couple of unsatisfactory efforts towards goal from inside the area, Brooks also blazed over after finding himself unmarked with the goal at his mercy from not much further than six yards.

He made sure that didn’t matter though, converting the most difficult chance of the bunch with a sublime weak-foot volley to open the scoring with 10 minutes left of the first period.

He added: “Yeah, I was a bit disappointed as the two easiest chances I probably had were ones that I missed, but I managed to get my head down and score two to build a bit of confidence – but hopefully I can score four next time.

“You just try and do the right thing but I kind of switched off with the first finish and you cant do that or you’ll get punished and mishit it, so I have just got to learn from it and try and concentrate a bit better next time and convert it.”