The hosts looked sharper from the start – dominating the first half, deservedly leading at the interval after Jack Harrison’s goal. Harrison found the net in the 39th minute from a tight angle.
On the other hand, top goal scorer Maxwel Cornet’s introduction at the break gave Burnley much more potency in attack.
The Ivory Coast international fired in a free kick from 25 metres out to stun Elland Road at 54 minutes.
With the pressure on, Dallas came up with the pivotal second goal for Leeds via Stuart Dallas at 77 minutes. He thus scored from the edge of the penalty area 13 minutes from time to spark wild scenes of celebration.
As the visitors pressed for a leveller, James’s stoppage-time header sealed a first win in five league games for Leeds.
Premier League Football News – Leeds Won 3 Points from 3 Goals
Leeds stayed on 16th place with 19 points, eight clear of 18th-placed Burnley, who have won just once all season.
And now, both teams’ – Leeds United and Burnley – head coaches have shared their impressions of last night’s performance.
“I don’t ignore the situation we are in,” Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa said. “Every week you have to prove yourself.
“Even if the performance today was a step forward, we need to maintain that level against any opponent. We showed a lot of commitment today.”
Leeds had not played since December 18 prior to Burnley’s visit due to coronavirus-related postponements. And that additional break allowed them to get some much-needed key players back from injury.
“The biggest summary I can give you is that they played with an edge that we’re still trying to find,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said.
“I have total belief in the players. I have so much respect and admiration for them and what they bring to the club.”