BURNLEY 1 (Austin 82), LEEDS 0
Burnley: Grant, Shackell, Duff, McCann, Mee (Lafferty 60), Trippier, Wallace, Marney, Stock (Vokes 65), Paterson, Austin. Subs: Jensen, Stewart, Edgar, Lafferty, Ings, Stanislas.
Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Peltier, Pearce, Drury (Pugh 81), White (Varney 85), Brown, Austin, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Kisnorbo, Green, Ashdown, Norris, Gray.
Referee: G Eltringham
United manager Neil Warnock made two changes from the side which drew at Brighton the previous Friday, Adam Drury returning to the starting line-up as part of a defensive shuffle caused by the absence of Tom Lees (eye) and Luciano Becchio coming in for Luke Varney.
Paddy Kenny had been one of the central figures at Brighton with two crucial saves, and he made an early double block from Burnley's Dean Marney in the opening 10 minutes of the Turf Moor encounter.
When United attacked, El-Hadji Diouf had a shot deflected for a corner and when Michael Brown lofted the ball into the box, Lee Grant came off his line to collect.
The hosts looked to attack down the flanks, but it was United who came close to opening the scoring on the half-hour when Diouf fired a shot over the bar.
Burnley responded by sending an effort of their own over the top, but there was little in the way of clear cut chances for either side during what was a fairly even opening period.
As half-time edged closer, Kenny was called upon to make a good save when he tipped a Keiran Trippier strike over the bar. Charlie Austin also went close before half-time, but after scrambling the corner clear, Leeds had some more defending to do.
United started the second half in more positive fashion and made a couple of early raids while Kenny also had to collect a Ross Wallace free-kick after Rudy Austin was adjudged to have conceded a foul on the edge of the box.
Leeds were looking the better side, though, and after good work by Diouf, Grant had to react to block an Aidy White effort.
As the game headed towards the final 15 minutes, Sam Vokes was denied by some good defending and then by a decent block from Kenny as Burnley looked a threat for the first time in the second period.
And the hosts took the lead with eight minutes remaining. Trippier delivered the cross following good work down the right and Austin got up well to head home his 20th goal of the season.
United responded by putting Burnley under some defensive pressure, but the ball was hacked away in a crowded goalmouth after Grant was left exposed.
But there was no to be way back for Leeds as Burnley held on for a single goal victory.