Peterhead manager Jim McInally was far from despondent after their 5-1 defeat at Dunfermline.
The Pars cut the Blue Toon apart with their slick movement, particularly in the first half.
Boss McInally accepted it had been a tough afternoon for the men from Buchan, but believes the experience will benefit the team in the season ahead as they attempt to win the League Two title.
He said: “It was tough for us but apart from the way we defended we actually played some decent stuff.
“It must have been a decent game for people to watch but in the first 30 minutes the passing and moving was clinical from Dunfermline.
“You look at the attackers they had and we’re a new team, so we probably needed that to a certain extent because everything’s been too good at the minute, pre-season has exceeded all expectations and that was a wake-up call for us, especially defensively.”
After only 12 seconds at East End Park, the Pars were almost in front.
Former Don Declan McManus stormed down the right past Mason Robertson into the box only to be denied by Jamies Stevenson’s perfectly-timed slide tackle as he was about to shoot. But McManus did have his goal in seven minutes.
Nicky Clark got the better of Robertson down the inside-left channel and with the Blue Toon stretched he pulled the ball back for his strike partner to finish with his right foot from the edge of the box beyond Greg Fleming.
And things got worse for Peterhead five minutes later as the hosts scored a second goal. A tremendous move was started by Clark, he released Kallum Higginbotham down the right, who in turn played in Joe Cardle and he swept the ball home from 12 yards.
However, the men from Buchan played their way into the match and Rory McAllister stung the palms of home goalie Sean Martin with a 30-yard free-kick.
In 21 minutes they nearly equalised. Willie Gibson’s menacing run down the left flank ended with a shot from 18 yards that was well saved.
However, the game was over as a contest a minute later when Higginbotham and right-back Ryan Williamson picked Peterhead off down the right and the latter laid the ball back for Cardle to notch his second and Dunfermline’s third from 10 yards.
In the opening minutes of the second half McAllister tested Murdoch from 20 yards after latching on to sub Russell McLean’s knock down and Higginbotham fired just over from 15 yards for the Pars.
But just three minutes into the second period it was 4-0.
McManus grabbed his second with a wonderful right-footed chip over Fleming from the left angle of the box.
It was almost five soon after when Williamson’s brilliant surge down the right set up Clark, but the striker scuffed his close range shot and Jason Brown headed it off the line.
The Aberdeenshire side were so close to a consolation just after the hour when Gibson’s 20-yarder was pushed out by Murdoch to McAllister but former Don Callum Morris produced a fantastic block to stop him scoring. But two minutes later McAllister did have his goal.
The sliding Lee Ashcroft handled the ball and ref Bobby Madden had no choice but to give a penalty which McAllister confidently rolled home.
Dunfermline netted a fifth in 73 minutes when Blue Toon sub Scott Ross sliced a McManus cross into his own net from six yards.
McInally added: “I said to the players at half time to go out and try not to lose the second half and I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and played some decent stuff.
“It was a good examination and I said to the players after the game that we need to try to do that to teams in our league.
“Dunfermline’s tempo was really good in the first half. Kallum Higginbotham was really good and got into positions in between the lines that we just couldn’t cope with.
“To be fair we had a good few shots at goal and apart from the scoreline I thought we did okay in possession.”