Nottingham Forest were completely humiliated tonight by a confident first half display by Burnley, helped by some poor defending from Forest.
Forest were nothing short of demolished in the first half, their defence quite simply not up to the job as Burnley put four goals past them.
An improved performance early in the second half earned Forest a goal back, but it proved to be a solitary, consolation goal and it wasn't long before Burnley had their fifth.
Forest were nearly caught napping in the opening minutes when Alex Macdonald picked up a deep ball to the back post and knocked it back in front of goal where Clint Hill managed to get in and clear the danger.
But they were not able to clear moments later and Burnley were in front in the fifth minute from a cross by Junior Stanislas into the box to Charlie Austin at the far post. He sent the ball back across the face of goal where Jay Rodriguez bundled it over the line.
Forest's defence was at fault again when Burnley doubled their lead ten minutes later from a superb cross by Stanislas to Rodriguez who was allowed to get his head to the ball at the near post and send it past Lee Camp
Forest missed a chance to get one back when Joel Lynch
did well to get away, working his way past two men down the right before putting in a good cross to Ishmael Miller who got a touch to the ball but sent it wide.
Burnley threatened again on the break with another cross, this time by Ross Wallace. The ball went off Wes Morgan
to Rodriguez at the far post, but this time he volleyed over the crossbar.
And they continued to pile the pressure on, winning a corner from which Austin nodded down, the ball came back up to him and he smashed it towards goal, forcing a great save from Camp.
Forest made an early tactical switch, replacing Chris Gunter
and bringing on Robbie Findley
. A change of formation saw them go to a flat back four and give them an extra man in midfield.
But the flow was not stemmed as Forest conceded another goal, from the corner. Andre Amougou's ball wasn't dealt with and Chris McCann was able to smash the ball in from close range.
Forest had a chance when Miller got away from Amougou and fired the cross into the box where Matt Derbyshire dived in, but could only just able to get a touch on the ball and couldn't convert.
They continued to look better and a good ball by Andy Reid found Derbyshire who squared it across the edge of the box but it was deflected wide for a corner.
They missed another great opportunity when Reid played the ball to Findley whose pace got him away down the left and he sent a low ball in to Miller's feet, but he scooped it over the bar.
But Burnley were four in front just before the break when Morgan's pass to Lynch was poor and allowed Wallace to snatch the ball and make a superb run down the pitch and into the D, where he curled the ball low into the bottom corner.
Radi Majewski came on for Reid for the start of the second half and Forest looked more committed in the early minutes of the half as they attempted to get back into the game.
And Forest's early efforts paid off when they got one back when Miller got away from David Edgar on the edge of the penalty area and although Lee Grant got a touch he couldn't stop the ball from rolling in.
Another flowing move from Burnley almost gave them a fifth when Marvin Bartley got away from Majewski too easily and shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
After a quick break by Forest, a powerful shot by Findley caught the Burnley defence out, but his shot hit the outside of the post and went wide.
Another mistake gave Burnley their fifth with 20 minutes remaining, when Greening gave the ball away, allowing Burnley to break. The ball came in from the left to the back post where Austin's looping header went over Camp. Morgan tried to clear it off the line but the referee and linesman both quickly indicated that it had gone over.Lewis McGugan
became Forest's final substitute 15 minutes to go, replacing Derbyshire. And it wasn't long before he forced a good save from the Burnley keeper when he sent in a long-range effort which Grant did well to parry away.
Burnley came close to a sixth when substitute Sean Marney sent the ball across to another substitute Zavon Hines who brought the ball down on his chest and rolled it towards goal and this time Morgan was successful in clearing the ball off the line.
A good save again prevented Forest from getting one back when a good ball by Luke Chambers
landed at the feet of Miller, who had time and space to shoot, but his effort was palmed away by Grant.
McGugan had one last try in stoppage time with a shot from 25 yards out but the ball took a deflection and hit the outside of the post.Forest:
Camp Gunter(Findley 27min), Chambers(C), Lynch, Morgan, Hill, Greening, Moussi, Reid(Majewski 45minHT), Derbyshire(McGugan 75min), Miller
Subs not used: Smith, Tudgay
Bookings: Chambers 85min
Scorer: Miller 59minBurnley:
Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, McCann(C), Wallace, Stanislas(Hines 77min), Bartley(MacDonald 80min), Austin(Marney 77min(, Rodriguez
Subs not used: Stewart, Mee,
Scorer: Rodriguez 5min, 15min, McCann 28min, Wallace 44min, Austin 71min
Referee: Eddie IIderton