It is not often that a side is comprehensively beaten but can still claim three of the assists.
Burnley’s ex-manager Sean Dyche and their former players James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil inspired a dominant Everton performance leaving the visitors with much to contemplate as to how much they have progressed since the trio left.
McNeil was booed by the away fans – bizarre given the youngster notched over a century of Burnley appearances in those days the club defied the odds in the toughest venues.
He duly responded with the cross for Tarkowski to head past Arijanet Muric on 13 minutes. Then he provided the corner from which Tarkowski assisted for Amadou Onana to double the advantage. Ashley Young added the third in injury time.
Burnley were meek and utterly overpowered.
In the 19 months since they sacked Dyche, it is doubtful Burnley’s owners have contemplated whether they were misjudged in dispensing with a long-serving manager.
Vincent Kompany steamrolled to promotion, players and fans have discussed a radical change in style, and even in the midst of a barren Premier League run all the messaging seems to be about the promise of the future rather than grim results of the here and now.
Face-to-face with their past, the Turf Moor hierarchy may reluctantly acknowledge that more reverence ought to be afforded their former leader and some of those players who established top flight football.
There is to admire about Kompany’s idealism, but he could learn a few tricks from his predecessor about how to punch above your weight.