Mark Hughes praised the professional manner of Stoke City's 2-0 League Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday.
Stephen Ireland scored his first Stoke goal since joining on loan from Aston Villa to put the Premier League side in front before half-time at Prenton Park.
The away side dictated the game for the most part, but were made to wait for a second before Peter Crouch sealed their place in round four deep into injury time.
And Hughes was delighted with the attitude of his players throughout the potential banana skin tie against their League One hosts.
"We went about our work extremely well tonight, and showed a great amount of professionalism throughout the game," the Welshman told Stoke's official website.
"If you get a game like this in the cup and you don't approach it the right way then you will cause yourself a number of problems.
"You could tell the lads were very focused on the job in hand this evening, and that was very pleasing for me.
"We played some really good stuff at times tonight, and you could tell that the confidence within the team is growing all of the time."
Stoke's reward for winning the game is a fourth-round encounter with Championship outfit Birmingham City at St Andrew's.
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