West Bromwich Albion 3 Burnley 0
West Bromwich Albion made a mockery of Burnley's impressive away form as they ended 22 days of frustration for Tony Mowbray.
The new Albion manager had to endure the misery of watching his team play good football only to bank a depressing one point from four games.
But, against a high-flying Burnley outfit who had conceded only five away goals all season, Mowbray was finally able to see his promotion-chasers obtain deserved reward for their efforts.
Albion were superb in the opening 45 minutes as they hit Burnley with a three-goal blitz and, had their marksmanship been better, they could have reaped a harvest of goals.
Mowbray said after the match that he had a dressing-room determined to end a run of results and they turned in a display that delighted their faithful fans.
"We have been creating a lot of very good scoring chances but this time they found the net," the manager said. "Burnley had been beaten only once in eight games before they came to The Hawthorns.
"That shows what a good performance we put in and there is no doubting the fact that we could have scored more goals."
Mowbray's team took only five minutes to open the scoring when the hard-working Jason Koumas got his name on a Championship scoresheet for the first time this season.
The little Welsh international midfielder, who notched two goals for his country in midweek against Liechtenstein, crowned a terrific move by Albion.
Diomansy Kamara found striker Nathan Ellington with a perfect pass and he caught the Burnley defence flat-footed as he threaded the ball through to Koumas.
The schemer then took the ball forward before calmly curling his shot into the far corner of the net despite a brave effort from the diving Brian Jensen.
Then, only two minutes later, it was 2-0 when the industrious Nigel Quashie slipped the ball to Martin Albrechtsen who then passed to Kamara.
He was able to create an opening for Ellington who was on target for the fifth time this term as he made no mistake with a low left-footed drive from 20 yards.
It was all over for Burnley in the 44th minute when Kevin Phillips fed the ball to Ellington who got in a shot only for former Albion keeper Jensen to fingertip the ball away.
It flew straight into the path of midfielder Darren Carter and he gratefully made it 3-0 with a simple tap-in at close range.
Phillips missed a great chance in the opening 45 minutes after a move engineered by Ellington before Koumas fired in a weak shot when he only had Jensen to beat.
But Burnley also had their opportunities with keeper Russell Hoult doing well to flick away a goal-bound shot from Chris McCann while Michael Duff had a free header to a cross from Frank Sinclair only to power the ball over the woodwork.
The second half was memorable only for a red card for former Albion defender Sinclair who was given his marching orders in the 78th minute after picking up his second booking — both for clumsy fouls.
Albion, who had drifted away from the automatic promotion places, can fulfil their dreams of a quick return to top-flight football if they maintain this type of form.
Steve Cotterill, the Burnley manager, was bitterly disappointed by the defeat but he was quick to admit Albion had what he described as the "best collective group of players in this division by a mile."
Mowbray has inherited a fine squad of players but it is Koumas who could be the ace in the pack as, once again, he went home with the man-of-the-match award.
"He is very influential in the team," Mowbray said. "He can play good football, he has good technique and he is a real talent.
"I was delighted to see him showcase his talents for his country with his two goals but it is important he keeps scoring for the club. He is an integral cog in what we want to do this season and that is to play open, attractive football."
Koumas is enjoying the freedom he has been given by Mowbray to roam and he says morale in the camp is sky high.
"Hopefully we can get stronger," the midfielder said. "We have still got a couple of big players to come back in and, if we are not up there at the end of the season, we will have only ourselves to blame."
Mowbray also highlighted the performances of Quashie and Paul Robinson on their return after injury and suspension respectively.
"I personally thought Quashie was outstanding," the Albion manager said. "It was a very mature performance from a quality football player who can dominate matches with his technique. And Robinson gave us what he gives every week, which is 100 per cent."
It was Robinson's first match back after being considered fortunate to be given only a three-match ban for his dreadful foul on Birmingham City captain Damien Johnson. But Mowbray was unworried that it would have any lasting psychological effect.
"I had no fears Robinson would do what he does week in, week out," Mowbray said. "You always get that sort of performance level from him."
WEST BROMWICH ALBION (4-4-2): Hoult; Albrechtsen, Perry, Davies, Robinson; Kamara, Carter, Quashie, Koumas; Phillips, Ellington (Chaplow, 75).
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Jensen; Sinclair, Thomas, Duff, Harley (Hyde, 58); Elliott (Mahon, 46), O'Connor, McCann, Jones; Noel-Williams (Lafferty, 63), Gray.
Referee: R Beeby (Northamptonshire)
Bookings: Albion — Quashie, Albrechtsen (fouls); Burnley — Harley, Gray, Hyde (fouls).
Sending-off: Burnley — Sinclair (second bookable offence).