Leeds hung on for the three points in an tight affair at a sodden Elland Road. The match winner was Patrick Bamford who beat Pope from the spot after the keeper had brought down United’s top scorer.
Leeds made one change, Pascal Stuijk coming in for Liam Cooper. Luke Ayling captained the side.
Burnley also made one change with Dale Stephens coming into their starting X1.
Leeds: Meslier, Ayling(c), Struijk, Phillips, Dallas, Alioski, Klich, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison, Bamford.
Leeds were ahead within the first five minutes, Patrick Bamford was flattened by Burnley keeper Nick Pope and after dusting himself down United’s top scorer sent Pope the wrong way with an excellent penalty. It was the striker’s tenth goal of the season.
United had opportunities to increase their lead but Rodrigo and Raphinha didn’t make the most of good chances that came their way. Pope easily saved Rodrigo’s effort and Raphinha put an effort into the South Stand.
Burnley thought they had levelled matters just before the twenty minute mark, Meslier making a hash of a clearance and the ball dropped to Barnes who scored. The referee didn’t refer the incident to VAR and disallowed the goal for a foul on Meslier by Burnley centre half Mee.
Bamford unfortunately blocked Harrison’s goal bound effort and then the busy Raphinha had an effort that Pope easily saved and at the other end ex Leeds striker Chris Wood headed an effort well over the crossbar.
The second half Burnley dominated from the start, Sean Dyche’s half time teamtalk must have impacted on his team as they took the game to Leeds. Lawton and Brownhill both forced Meslier into saves as Leeds rocked a little by the pressure the Lancastrian’s. Leeds with Kalvin Phillips, Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk defending their goal as if their lives defended on it.
Bielsa introduced Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton to give the Leeds team fresh legs as their opponents continued to ask questions of their hosts. Hernandez was then denied by a superb save by Pope as the clock clicked towards the last ten minutes.
Dyche sent on Jay Rodriguez and Dale Stephens for Erik Pieters and Josh Benson with Burnley chasing an equaliser, Rodriguez fired over at the far post after being picked out by Brownhill.
Meslier then had to be at his very best to produce a fine save to keep out Barnes' effort out as Leeds stood firm amid a number of late Burnley set-pieces. The last being a free kick that just cleared the Leeds crossbar.
Ayling, Phillips and Phillips were outstanding and despite a couple of nervy moments Meslier made a couple of important stops when Burnley were pushing hard for an equaliser. Raphinha had a good first half but faded in the second. Rodrigo was ‘busy’ but has had better games. Patrick Bamford led the line superbly and gave Pope not a chance in hell of saving his spot kick early doors.
Leeds MOTM: Kalvin Phillips, it times it looked as there were three of him on the pitch.
Marcelo Bielsa: "It was very difficult. Burnley could have drawn the game in the second half, they were two different halves. In the first we were able to impose our game, in the second, especially in the last part, it was difficult for us to neutralise their strengths.
"The first half went according to how we want to play. In the second we couldn't avoid playing the way Burnley wanted to play. If they had drawn, it wouldn't have been unjust. But I value the effort we put in to avoid them drawing.
"I sincerely feel there has been an evolution in the way we defend set-pieces. It was a necessity for us, I express it as a big effort we put in because in the second half when we couldn't impose ourselves and Burnley dominated for a large period, we had the character to fight."
Sean Dyche: "I can't see the penalty for Leeds myself, Nick Pope gets a clear foot on it. Football is in an odd place. The one at the other end where we had a goal disallowed, it's not a foul, it can't be a foul. Ben Mee has his eyes on the ball.
“I have no clue where the game is at physically now. The lucky thing is everyone will see it, that's a bizarre incident. That can't be in the game. It should be a penalty for us - you can't run and knee someone in the back. I'm very aggrieved by that, those moments are important. I merely asked the referee what time he would like me in, that's it. He didn't answer me. I will be going in to ask him what he thought. There's not many people who agree that the game needs tidying up so at times you are a lone voice."
Possession: 51%-49% Shots: 11-14
On-Target: 4-6 Big Chances: 3-2
Chances Created: 7-12 Succ. Passes: 315-271
Succ. Final Third Passes: 40-117
Crosses: 12-37 Corners: 4-12
Ball Recoveries: 53-54 Interceptions: 8-6
Tackles Won: 17-11 Clearances: 36-15
By Keith Ingham