Darren Ferguson saluted a ‘great start’ to 2016 after his Rovers side cruised to victory at Southend.
The outcome was never in doubt once Andy Williams had broken the deadlock shortly before half-time with his 13th strike of the season.
“It makes for a great start to the new year for us thanks to a complete performance from the lads, both on and off the ball,” beamed Ferguson.
“From the first minute I thought we started the game well.
“We were in control and so it was a pleasing afternoon all round.
“We knew Southend put more crosses into the box than anyone else because half of their goals have come from setpieces.
“We wanted to try and nullify that by keeping the ball, and we did that particularly well.
“Some of our passing and moving was really good, and we got the goals at good times.
“Scoring just before half-time was ideal, and then getting the two just after the break killed the game.
“We are good at counter-attacking and the system we employ does seem to suit away from home.
“Despite that we did speak to the players after the Oldham game about having to be better in possession. We needed to get our spare players on the ball more if you like.
“I didn’t think we’d done that quite as well away from home lately despite the result at Oldham.
“The players enjoyed it here, though. They were really good at times.
“It could have been more goals if we’d just got that first pass right, maybe. But I can’t be dis-satisfied at a 3-0 result here.
“Southend are a good team. I know they suffered a bad defeat last week against Millwall, but before that they’d been on a great run.
“It’s a great win, and now we’ve got a good game to look forward to against Stoke.”
Ferguson also praised Rovers’ hardy bunch of almost 400 travelling fans who will have enjoyed the arduous return trip from Essex.
The Rovers boss said: “The fans were great again. I must thank them because it’s a long, long journey so soon after Christmas. They were excellent.”