IT was a trans-Pennine derby that had all the ingredients of a classic.
Contrasting emotions, goals, full-blooded commitment from both sets of players, a vociferous atmosphere and goal-scoring chances aplenty made this Championship clash live up to its live BBC billing.
The afternoon began with a minutes applause for Clarets legend Jimmy Adamson who guided the club to the English Football Championship as well as an FA Cup final as skipper. He later managed the club in an affiliation which spanned three decades.
That feeling of pride from the home support turned to ecstasy in the 10th minute when Jay Rodriguez ended a seven-game goal drought to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Referee Scott Mathieson played the advantage after Keith Treacy was felled by Paul Connolly on the left, workhorse Marvin Bartley picked up the loose ball and spread play to Keiran Trippier on the right and the full-backs pinpoint cross was as delightful as it was effective to leave Jay Rod with the simple task of nodding the ball past Alex McCarthy from close range.
Treacy had the opportunity to extend the home side's lead soon after when he touched the ball through the legs of Connolly before stabbing the ball goalwards only for on-loan Reading keeper McCarthy to save with his feet.
But elation soon turned to despair as Charlie Austin landed awkwardly from an aerial challenge before clutching his shoulder in agony. The club later confirmed that the 22-year-old striker had dislocated the shoulder, a huge blow for the Clarets. That forced Burnley boss Eddie Howe to send his new loan man Sam Vokes in to battle earlier than expected.
Lee Grant was the next to be forced in to action as he raced off his line to clear from Ross McCormack who hand gambled on a long clearance and then he palmed clear McCormack's fizzing set-piece from 20 yards out.
The Clarets finished the half the strongest side and could have made their half-time lead far more comfortable. Skipper Chris McCann flashed a sublime effort across McCarthy after reacting to Vokes's flick-on but the ball whistled past the far post.
Jay Rod then latched on to Treacy's hopeful clearance as the clock ticked down on the opening 45 minutes but despite beating his marker, McCarthy came to the rescue again to save low to his right.
And in the final piece of action in the opening half, Treacy turned and fired a superb half-volleyed effort towards the near post from the edge of the area but McCarthy scrambled to save at full stretch and turn the ball around the post with his fingertips.
The second half was more balanced though the Clarets rarely looked threatened, despite Leeds United manager Simon Grayson's best efforts which saw Luciano Becchio and Ramon Nunez replace the ineffective Andy Keogh and McCormack in a double change.
Keogh glanced a Trippier long throw wide of the far post and Treacy was once again denied by McCarthy who saved the winger's low-driven free-kick. Howson had an opportunity sandwich in-between but his shot went comfortably wide of Grant's post.
Even when McCarthy was finally beaten, the woodwork came to his rescue following a spectacular 30-strike from Treacy, who had replaced the injured Ross Wallace in Howe's starting XI.
Mathieson turned down penalty appeals from the home side when Aidy White seemed to have upended Bartley and it was at that point you wondered whether that would haunt the Clarets.
And, even still looking comfortably as the game entered the final quarter-of-an-hour, those squandered opportunities would go punished.
The Clarets, who have only kept one clean sheet since victory at the KC Stadium over Hull City in March, were caught napping and Lloyd Sam's in-swinging cross to the back post found Robert Snodgrass who had ghosted in past Brian Easton to touch the ball home.
Then that frustration transformed to heartache with a minute of the game remaining. Following a melee in the box, the ball fell to Snodgrass who had time to swipe an effort across Grant and in to the far corner to send the visiting support in to raptures.
It was undeserved for the Clarets though they will have to learn to see games off if they are to climb that Championship table.