Leicester City made two changes to the side that came away with a valuable draw at Hull City on Boxing Day.
Zak Whitbread dropped out after picking up an injury, so Liam Moore came in at centre-half. Lloyd Dyer, who missed out on Boxing Day, was preferred to Andy King in midfield.
Full-back Ritchie De Laet had recovered from a back injury which forced him off at Hull and on-loan teenager Michael Keane was named as defensive cover on the substitutes' bench.
With new signing Chris Wood watching from the stands, City knew they could not afford to drop points at Turf Moor as Hull's victory over Leeds earlier in the day had opened the gap to the top-two places to 10 points.
8 min: An early blow for Burnley and a boost for City as leading scorer Charlie Austin has to limp off with an injury he aggravated in the first minute. Martin Paterson comes on.
10 min: City, who are boasting a very attacking line-up with Anthony Knockaert playing up with David Nugent, start sloppily with passes going astray, but Burnley are not much better.
17 min: Paterson's cross is headed wide by Danny Ings. The first real effort on goal but it never threatened Kasper Schmeichel.
18 min: Ben Marshall forces a good save out of Lee Grant with a left-foot strike after he forced his way past two Burnley defenders. There are signs that City are getting on top.
20 min: Paterson gets a sight of goal and tests Schmeichel with a low strike to his right. The City keeper would have been disappointed to have let that in.
30 min: City are playing some intricate football but struggling to open up the hosts, while Burnley lack creativity. It's making for a drab game.
31 min: GOAL 0-1 Nugent scores against his former club yet again. Wes Morgan does well to turn and flick in a low cross, which Nugent flicks past Grant and in off the far post. A quality finish.
38 min: City are carved open and Ross Wallace pulls the ball back to Ings in a good position, but he shoots over the bar. A let off for City.
45 min: City deservedly in front at half-time after showing the one piece of quality in the half – Nugent's finish.
H-T: Burnley 0 City 1
51 min: City have to be careful of defensive slips and when De Laet gives the ball away on the edge of his own box, City survive a penalty appeal for Marshall's challenge on Wallace.
56 min: City are finding more space to play now and are knocking it around well. Nugent shoots from range but just wide.
58 min: Paterson is played in and Schmeichel saves with his legs. The hosts are still very much in this game and City cannot afford to become complacent.
59 min: Schmeichel has to tip Paterson's cross over the bar. From the corner, substitute Sam Vokes heads just wide.
61 min: SUBSTITUTION Martyn Waghorn on for Knockaert
64 min: De Laet's header from a Waghorn corner is pushed away at the far post by Grant. City are so close to a second.
69 min: There are yellow cards for both Dyer and Michael Duff after an altercation on the touchline.
71 min: Nugent produces a great turn and picks our Waghorn, but the City sub cannot make good enough contact.
80 min: City are causing themselves problems and Schmeichel has to make a save from an acute angle to deny Ings.
81 min: City break and Dyer has a great chance to score but Grant produces a superb save.
82 min: SUBSTITUTION Paul Gallagher on for Dyer.
86 min: SUBSTITUTION Marko Futacs comes on for goalscorer Nugent.
90+2 min: Futacs strikes the bar from the edge of the box. He is surrounded by three defenders but still gets his shot away.
90+3 min: A great chance for Paterson, unmarked from a flicked-on long throw, but he shots straight at Schmeichel. City then go straight up the other end and Futacs picks out Marshall, whose shot is well saved by Grant.
90+5 min: Drinkwater and Trippier both booked after an altercation on the touchline.
F-T: Burnley 0 City 1