Jim Gannon's first match in charge of Port Vale ended in defeat as Burnley coasted into round four of the FA Cup.
Clarke Carlisle headed Burnley in front from a Chris Eagles cross early on, but Robert Taylor levelled from six yards.
A 20-yard Tyrone Mears free-kick restored the lead for the Clarets, and soon after the break Jack Cork squared for Eagles to smash home the third.
Graham Alexander scored from the spot after Lee Collins fouled Mears, before Taylor tapped in a consolation rebound.
After Burnley's fast start, Vale, one of only six sides from the fourth tier still alive at the third round stage, equalised with virtually their first attack.
Lewis Haldane floated a ball across the six-yard box and after the home defence failed to clear, Taylor got the slightest of touches past the wrong-footed Lee Grant.
Burnley, 42 rungs above their opponents on the league ladder, went ahead again when the set-piece from Mears crept past Stuart Tomlinson.
After the impressive Eagles gave the home side a two-goal cushion, Tomlinson had to be alert to make a sprawling save from Jay Rodriquez.
The visitors kept pressing, with Gary Roberts racing clear and lifting the ball over Grant only to see it landing on the roof of the net.
Alexander stepped up to score his 21st penalty from 22 attempts and although Taylor pounced after Grant had parried Sean Rigg's shot, it was not going to prevent caretaker boss Stuart Gray guiding Burnley into Sunday's draw.
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Saturday, 8 January 2011
The FA Cup
Alexander (pen) 76
04 Duff (Bikey 60)
11 Elliott (Marney 71)
09 Iwelumo (Thompson 73)
05 McCombe yellow card
16 Haldane (Rigg 78)
08 Dodds (Morsy 46 yellow card)
11 J Richards (Fraser 78)
01 C Martin,
Ref: IldertonAtt: 9,442
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:57 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+2:59 Graham Alexander challenges Sam Morsy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Owen restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+1:56 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.
90:00+0:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Owen by Steven Thompson. Sam Morsy restarts play with the free kick.
87:45 Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Lee Collins results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Graham Alexander.
86:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Morsy on Tyrone Mears. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
86:11 Booking Sam Morsy is given a yellow card.
81:45 GOAL - Robert Taylor:Burnley 4 - 2 Port Vale Robert Taylor grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Burnley 4-2 Port Vale.
77:09 Substitution Lewis Haldane goes off and Sean Rigg comes on.
77:09 Substitution Tommy Fraser on for Justin Richards.
76:25 Graham Alexander produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
75:47 Lewis Haldane fouled by Chris Eagles, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Yates takes the indirect free kick.
75:01 Lee Collins gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears.
75:01 GOAL - Graham Alexander:Burnley 4 - 1 Port Vale Penalty scored by Graham Alexander. Burnley 4-1 Port Vale.
72:59 Unfair challenge on Sam Morsy by Jay Rodriguez results in a free kick. Adam Yates takes the free kick.
72:03 Substitution Steven Thompson replaces Chris Iwelumo.
70:56 Substitution Dean Marney comes on in place of Wade Elliott.
67:59 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Roberts, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
64:42 Shot from close range by Gary Roberts clears the bar.
62:57 Chris Eagles challenges Lee Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free kick.
60:20 Unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Graham Alexander results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
59:07 Substitution Andre Bikey comes on in place of Michael Duff.
56:18 Unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Adam Yates results in a free kick. Daniel Fox takes the indirect free kick.
53:16 Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.
49:39 Jack Cork provided the assist for the goal.
49:39 GOAL - Chris Eagles:Burnley 3 - 1 Port Vale Chris Eagles fires in a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Burnley 3-1 Port Vale.
48:20 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, clearance by Wade Elliott.
45:02 Substitution Sam Morsy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Dodds.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:00+2:02 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+1:11 Foul by Wade Elliott on Gary Roberts, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
45:00+0:23 Jay Rodriguez produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
44:04 Corner taken right-footed by Graham Alexander from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Adam Yates.
43:44 Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Adam Yates gets a block in.
41:56 Michael Duff challenges Justin Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free
41:32 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Chris Eagles misses to the left of the target.
41:00 Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Yates. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
39:51 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Justin Richards makes a clearance.
37:38 Jack Cork takes a shot. Gary Roberts gets a block in.
36:12 Chris Iwelumo takes a shot.
34:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott by John McCombe. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
34:04 Booking Booking for John McCombe for unsporting behaviour.
32:51 Headed effort from close range by Chris Iwelumo goes wide left of the goal.
30:13 Chris Eagles delivers the ball.
28:14 Shot from close range by Lewis Haldane misses to the left of the target.
25:49 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Collins.
25:26 Handball decision goes against Robert Taylor. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
22:13 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
20:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Griffith on Chris Eagles.
20:21 GOAL - Tyrone Mears:Burnley 2 - 1 Port Vale A goal is scored by Tyrone Mears from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley 2-1 Port
17:52 Jay Rodriguez is caught offside. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.
14:43 Assist on the goal came from Lewis Haldane.
14:43 GOAL - Robert Taylor:Burnley 1 - 1 Port Vale Robert Taylor scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley 1-1 Port Vale.
13:49 Justin Richards is adjudged to have handled the ball. Lee Grant restarts play with the free kick.
12:30 Unfair challenge on Robert Taylor by Michael Duff results in a free kick. Gary Roberts crosses the ball from the free kick
right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Jay Rodriguez.
9:53 Gary Roberts challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Duff takes the indirect free kick.
8:51 Jay Rodriguez fouled by Gary Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Eagles produces a strike on goal direct from the free
kick, Adam Yates gets a block in.
3:12 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, assist on the goal came from Chris Eagles. Inswinging
corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line to the near post, Anthony Griffith manages to make a clearance.
3:12 GOAL - Clarke Carlisle:Burnley 1 - 0 Port Vale Clarke Carlisle scores a headed goal from close in. Burnley 1-0 Port Vale.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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