Patrick Bamford converted his 10th league goal of the season for Leeds United from the penalty spot after just five minutes – and it proved enough for Marcelo Bielsa’s side to beat Burnley 1-0 at Elland Road.
Bamford secured his side their sixth Premier League win of the season in Sunday’s clash.
Yet Burnley, who had begun the day just one place and four points behind Leeds, had a first-half effort from Ashley Barnes controversially ruled out and dominated the second period.
Leeds, who spurned a host of first-half chances, refused to buckle under the onslaught and inflicted upon Burnley their first defeat in five matches.
Bamford fired his penalty into the top corner to give Leeds an early lead after he had been brought down by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
The Leeds striker had raced into the box on to a long diagonal ball from Luke Ayling, who was skipper for the day in Liam Cooper’s absence.