St Johnstone cruised to a 3-0 Betfred Cup win over Falkirk at McDiarmid Park.
The victory takes the Perth men three points clear at the top of Group B and they are now hot favourites to progress out of it and into the knock-out stages.
Three penalties were awarded to Saints in the first half.
The first, after Danny Swanson was tripped, was taken by Liam Craig and saved by Danny Rogers.
There was no controversy about that spot-kick award but Falkirk were more aggrieved about the two that followed.
On both occasions referee Bobby Madden adjudged there to be shirt-pulling by Falkirk defenders and on both occasions Swanson scored.
The game was finished off in the second period when Joe Shaughnessy helped a Steven MacLean hooked shot over the line.
Penalty controversy aside, Saints were comfortable winners and their unbeaten start to the season continues.