Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick as Brighton crushed Leyton Orient to maintain their League One title push.
Murray's first came when he converted Chris Wood's cross, before Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones palmed a Wood effort into his own net for 2-0.
A tap-in gave Murray his second and he grabbed his hat-trick when he converted after good work from Elliott Bennett.
Ashley Barnes scored the fifth with a close-range finish, while Orient's Adam Chambers hit the post late on.
This victory was Brighton's first in six league matches and was also Orient's first defeat in nine games.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sussex: "The way the players performed was spot on.
"Glenn Murray has never been happier at Brighton in his three years here and that is a credit to the way we play and the atmosphere at the club.
"Leyton came with a plan to stop us and it took us 10 minutes to figure it out, but once we did it gave us an extra dimension to play."
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9: "I thought we started OK - but that was the best it was going to get for us all afternoon.
"I didn't see it coming but there was a little bit of a gulf as the game opened up and stretched. We will work hard and hope to bounce back from this performance.
"They're probably the best side we have played in this division in terms of football. It's not ideal that we haven't played for three weeks but we will get on with it and work hard to put things right."
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Saturday, 1 January 2011
Npower League One
Jones (og) 31
27 Taricco (Kishishev 64)
18 Dicker yellow card
17 Murray (Holroyd 69)
39 Wood (Barnes 55)
05 Brown (Chambers 46)
16 Spring yellow card
27 M'Poku (Tehoue 64)
09 McGleish (Cox 46)
Ref: LiningtonAtt: 7,198
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:03 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+2:21 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels from the left by-line, Gary Dicker makes a clearance.
90:00+0:30 Shot from just outside the area by Liam Bridcutt goes over the bar.
88:30 Ashley Barnes challenges Ben Chorley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Chorley takes the free kick.
83:30 Jonathan Tehoue produces a left-footed shot from inside the box and strikes the post.
78:55 Stephen Dawson fouled by Matthew Sparrow, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Jones takes the direct free kick.
76:37 Dean Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcos Painter. Elliott Bennett crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left channel, Charlie Daniels makes a clearance.
74:17 Effort on goal by Dean Cox from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
72:27 Assist on the goal came from Elliott Bennett.
72:27 GOAL - Ashley Barnes:Brighton 5 - 0 Leyton Orient Ashley Barnes gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 5-0 Leyton
69:49 Corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the left by-line played to the near post.
68:21 Substitution Chris Holroyd on for Glenn Murray.
68:10 Close range effort by Alex Revell clears the crossbar.
66:31 Unfair challenge on Dean Cox by Gary Dicker results in a free kick. Elliot Omozusi takes the free kick.
66:31 Booking Booking for Gary Dicker.
64:48 Matthew Spring concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes. Direct free kick taken by Gary Dicker.
64:48 Booking Matthew Spring goes into the referee's book.
63:09 Matthew Spring fouled by Glenn Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Jones.
63:09 Substitution Jonathan Tehoue comes on in place of Paul-Jose M'Poku.
63:09 Substitution Mauricio Taricco leaves the field to be replaced by Radostin Kishishev.
61:56 Foul by Paul-Jose M'Poku on Mauricio Taricco, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mauricio Taricco.
61:25 Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliot Omozusi. Free kick taken by Elliot Omozusi.
59:32 Elliott Bennett provided the assist for the goal.
59:32 GOAL - Glenn Murray:Brighton 4 - 0 Leyton Orient Glenn Murray grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 4-0 Leyton Orient.
58:47 Unfair challenge on Marcos Painter by Alex Revell results in a free kick. Casper Ankergren takes the direct free kick.
58:27 Marcos Painter challenges Ben Chorley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Jones takes the direct free kick.
57:18 Dean Cox takes a short corner.
54:32 Substitution Ashley Barnes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Wood.
52:42 Liam Bridcutt challenges Stephen Dawson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Spring takes the free kick.
49:47 Assist on the goal came from Liam Bridcutt.
49:47 GOAL - Glenn Murray:Brighton 3 - 0 Leyton Orient Glenn Murray finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton
3-0 Leyton Orient.
48:04 Glenn Murray takes a shot. Jamie Jones makes a save.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:01 Substitution Adam Chambers is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Brown.
45:01 Substitution Dean Cox replaces Scott McGleish.
45:00+1:06 The ref blows to signal half-time.
44:13 Aaron Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Wood. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
43:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Chorley by Glenn Murray. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Jones.
42:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Painter by Jimmy Smith. Free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.
41:41 The official flags Chris Wood offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Jones.
37:36 Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Jamie Jones.
36:54 Glenn Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Brown. Jamie Jones takes the free kick.
35:50 Shot by Liam Bridcutt from outside the box goes over the net.
35:30 Corner taken short by Elliott Bennett.
35:21 Gary Dicker takes a shot. Save by Jamie Jones.
34:08 Elliot Omozusi fouled by Chris Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Jones.
30:26 Chris Wood provided the assist for the goal.
30:26 GOAL - Jamie Jones:Brighton 2 - 0 Leyton Orient Own goal by Jamie Jones. Brighton 2-0 Leyton Orient.
28:32 Assist by Chris Wood.
28:32 GOAL - Glenn Murray:Brighton 1 - 0 Leyton Orient Glenn Murray scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Leyton Orient.
25:32 Chris Wood takes a shot. Jamie Jones makes a save.
24:48 Charlie Daniels concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Bennett.
24:23 Jimmy Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Bridcutt. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.
23:10 Matthew Sparrow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson. Jamie Jones takes the direct free kick.
21:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell by Adam El-Abd. Stephen Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
19:18 Shot from outside the box by Chris Wood goes wide right of the target.
14:58 Elliott Bennett is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Jones.
11:48 Elliot Omozusi challenges Gary Dicker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Casper Ankergren takes the free kick.
10:19 Elliott Bennett produces a right-footed shot from close in and strikes the post.
7:33 Glenn Murray crosses the ball.
6:12 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Daniels.
5:39 Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Daniels, Glenn Murray makes a clearance.
4:19 Jimmy Smith produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
2:20 The offside flag is raised against Glenn Murray. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Jones.
0:13 Matthew Sparrow fouled by Matthew Spring, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The game begins.
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