Aston Villa's winless run was extended to nine Barclays Premier League matches as Danny Ings' late penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Burnley.
Joe Cole's first-half effort set Villa on course for a much-needed three points as Paul Lambert's injury-hit side put in an encouraging display at Turf Moor, but Ings pegged them back with a last-gasp spot-kick. Villa, who had claimed just two points from their previous eight league matches, carved through the Burnley defence at will during the first 25 minutes, with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark going close.
Cole gave the visitors a deserved lead in the 38th minute with an instinctive finish, but Burnley improved after the break. Sean Dyche's men were aiming to win a third consecutive Barclays Premier League match for the first time in their history and nearly drew level through Michael Kightly 10 minutes into the second period.
The hosts' persistence eventually paid off, though, as Jores Okore bundled Lukas Jutkiewicz to the floor inside the area and Ings buried the resulting penalty with three minutes left.
Villa's preparations were not helped by Roy Keane's decision to relinquish his role as assistant manager on Friday, though the visitors did look threatening during the early exchanges. Lambert's men went agonisingly close to taking the lead in the sixth minute as Okore flicked Ashley Westwood's corner towards goal, only to see Dean Marney clear from underneath the crossbar.
Villa continued to pile on the pressure and caused more problems from a corner a few moments later, with Marney again decisive as he blocked Clark's goal-bound header.
Burnley created their first chance of the match in the 14th minute as Kightly cleverly flicked the ball over his own head and shot across the face of goal.
Agbonlahor could have put Villa ahead shortly after as the forward linked well with Cole but shot straight at Tom Heaton when one-on-one. Villa’s pressure finally paid seven minutes before the break as Cole poked the ball inside a post after latching on to Andreas Weimann's well-weighted pass.
Burnley started the second half brightly and almost restored parity in the 56th minute but Brad Guzan denied Kightly from close range after the forward had dribbled past a couple of defenders.
Villa remained a potent threat on the counter-attack and Heaton was forced into action two minutes later to palm a Weimann effort around a post.
Burnley were rewarded for their late pressure as Okore hauled second-half substitute Jutkiewicz to the ground in the box and Ings confidently smashed home the penalty.
The hosts continued to pile men forward and twice went close in stoppage time as Ings hit a post and Jutkiewicz headed just wide, but ultimately they had to settle for a point.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "Our energy and desire was there for all to see. We don't go under and in the end we're wondering how we haven't won it.
"We are on a nice little run. We had to win in a different fashion last week, but there are good signs from the underdogs."
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "It's a game we dominated and I thought we should have won. We lost two points at the end but we could have lost three when Danny Ings hit the post late on. Whenever you pick up points away from home it's good in this league, but I thought this is one we should have won.
"I haven't seen it properly yet, but when the ball travels that length in the air and you're away from home, any bit of contact can be a penalty."
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