Goals from Lloyd Dyer, Ben Marshall, Matty James and Jamie Vardy secured the Foxes’ passage to the competition’s second round, as the League 2 Gulls were grounded at Plainmoor.
The performance also served as perfect preparation for City’s npower Championship opener against Peterborough at King Power Stadium on Saturday, a game Pearson is now keen to focus on after a summer stroll on the English Riviera.
“These are always difficult games to negotiate because you’re expected to come and win, but it’s easier said than done,” Pearson insisted after the game.
“Ahead of the game on Saturday, it’s nice to get this one out of the way. It’s an awful long way to come, so you want to head back having won the game in 90 minutes. It was a thoroughly professional performance.
“I was pleased for our fans too. It was good to see them, they seemed in good spirits and I would think this will make the journey home a little bit easier.
“Tonight we played pretty well throughout, we always looked a threat and the longer it went on in the second half the more dangerous we looked on the counter attack.
“We’ve got a lot of attacking options this season. We’re a bit short on defensive cover at the minute, but we’ll get players back before too long.”
While the League Cup has produced a welcome winning start for the Foxes, it is only a starter ahead of Saturday’s main course against the Posh, as City’s bid to mount a promotion challenge begins on home turf.
And Pearson says the players will be looking forward to getting started in front of the home supporters.
“It’s another game people will expect us to do well in, but I’m fully aware of what the Championship is like as a league and how difficult the games are,” he said.
“We’ve had a good pre-season, found out a lot about ourselves and, if you ask the players, they are looking forward to getting the campaign underway.”