West Bromwich Albion 4 Everton 0
Nathan Ellington stole all the headlines after the first two Premiership goals of his career, but it was Albion's forgotten men who were the driving force behind this win.
In June, you would have got long odds on Junichi Inamoto and Nwankwo Kanu becoming the main protagonists behind an Albion revival.
At the time, both players appeared peripheral figures at The Hawthorns.
Bryan Robson had used Kanu sparingly since his arrival and with a clause in his contract stating either party could terminate the deal if Albion were relegated, the future looked bleak for the Nigerian international.
And if Inamoto had been any further out in the cold he would have had to receive treatment for chilblains. The arrival of Richard Chaplow and Darren Carter looked to have dumped him even further down the pecking order.
The Japanese international had arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer recovering from a broken leg and was farmed out to Cardiff City to restore his match-fitness, but he didn't appear to be in Robson's blueprint for success.
However, the failure to lure Kieran Richardson back to The Hawthorns offered Inamoto a glimmer of hope, and he was selected for the first game of the campaign at Manchester City.
But with Albion entrenched in the relegation zone and Inamoto poring over tapes of perceived weaknesses in his game - courtesy of a video compilation from the club - it looked as though he would fail to make an impact at a third Premiership club in a row.
The much-maligned Carling Cup offered Inamoto a chance of redemption, as the 26-year-old lined up in the same team as Kanu for only the second time.
That game - at Fulham - proved a turning point as both were highly influential, delivering Albion's most fluid performance of the campaign thus far.
Inamoto scored a spectacular goal and since then, his progress has been remarkable.
On Saturday, he was a worthy recipient of the man of the match champagne against a dispirited Everton side.
Kanu, who arrived as a 37th minute substitute for calf-victim Geoff Horsfield has already proved his worth on countless occasions, notably his delicious goal against Arsenal, drove Everton's defence to distraction with a series of sublime passes and flicks.
Occasionally his radar betrays him but his peripheral vision and ability has no peers in this Albion squad.
Kanu was instrumental in Albion's first two goals as his pass freed Ellington on the edge of the area before Tony Hibbert crudely upended him.
The offence clearly occurred a yard outside the area but referee Dermot Gallagher's benevolence enabled Ellington to despatch his first
Premiership goal like a seasoned veteran from the penalty spot.
Fortune appeared to be smiling on Albion but it would be grossly unfair to perpetuate a myth that this victory was anything other than comprehensive despite a penalty gift.
Kanu bamboozled Joseph Yobo after the break and earned his side a corner from which Neil Clement scored with an effort off his shoulder and you just knew it was going to be Albion's day.
However, to their enormous credit they remained positive and continued to slice Everton apart and Ellington's second goal was a peach of a strike after another pass from Kanu.
Inamoto was pulling the strings behind the languid striker and Robson proved the merits of engendering a healthy team spirit, as it would have been easy for both players to become disaffected when they appeared marginalised.
Another player who won't have been overly enamoured at starting from the bench, Robert Earnshaw, latched on to a shocking Kevin Kilbane back pass to slot Albion's fourth goal of the game past Martyn and provide evidence that he is still the best poacher at the club.
He may well have a rival in Ellington though and it looks as though the side will be unchanged once again next week with Kanu coming into the equation ahead of Horsfield.
It might be a coincidence but since this season's models of Kanu and Inamoto have linked up together, Albion have played their most penetrating football.
Albion supporters were pondering over whom was to take up the cudgels like Richardson and Kevin Campbell did last term.
It appears the answer was already at the club but in hibernation and if you throw into the melting pot a fit Zoltan Gera in the New Year then there are grounds for optimism.