Sean Dyche hailed Burnley’s first half powerplay as “majestic” as they destroyed promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest at Turf Moor.
The Clarets effectively ended Forest’s 14-game unbeaten league run inside 35 minutes after racing into a three-goal lead through Scott Arfield and a Sam Vokes double.
And despite a late consolation from Djamel Abdoun - converted at the second attempt after Tom Heaton had saved his spot kick - Dyche was left purring at his side’s display, which extends their own unbeaten league run to 10 games.
The Burnley boss said: “As a manager and coach, you never get a perfect half, but that first 45 minutes is certainly as good as I’ve seen from our group.
“Some of the football was absolutely first class. We have a belief in the team and you saw today that at times we were majestic in the first half.
“You can play good football, but it has to penetrate and do the job it’s meant for and we scored three and it could have been more.
“I thought it was total domination. Our passing and movement was exceptional, we played trough the units quickly and we hurt them in so many ways.
“When you are coming up against a very strong Nottingham Forest side full of quality players and with massive resources, expectation and finance, that only adds to a fine performance.”
Arfield set the ball rolling inside 12 minutes with the opener fired under Karl Darlow, and Vokes then took over to take his tally to 18 for the season.
The Welsh striker headed Kieran Trippier’s jaw-dropping delivery past an exposed Darlow in the 25th minute and, 10 minutes later, saw his deflected shot loop over the stranded Reds stopper.
Vokes could have had four himself in the first half, while striker partner Danny Ings could have added to the pair’s 42 goals in the second half with two presentable chances.
Dyche added: “We have seen signs of that first half many times this year, but to dominate so powerfully for 45 minutes is rare in any game.
We were playing a very good side, but we always looked like we were going to score a goal, so there were so many good things today.
“Goalscorers often get the headlines, but to a man they delivered today.
“Once you are 3-0 up it turns into a different game and in the second half, as teams with nothing to lose do, they were raining balls into our box form every area of the pitch.
“Tom (Heaton) had to make one big save, but I never really thought we looked in trouble and could have had more on the break.
“We have set that mantra of one game at a time, so we get prepared for next week and Derby.
“At this stage of he season, points from wherever you can get them are valuable, but we are on another good run and looking forward to the next one.”