Jay Rodriguez scored his eighth goal of the season as his penalty against Norwich sent Burnley top of the Championship.
The Clarets striker was handed the chance as Grant Hanley blocked Manuel Benson’s cross with his elbow with just eight minutes left, and when it seemed Norwich might hold out for a second successive draw to end their slide.
As it was, the Canaries remain outside the play-off spots after a dire run of eight games without a win, and with just one point from the last five games.
Vincent Kompany’s team utterly dominated territorially and in terms of ball possession but failed to test keeper Angus Gunn until Rodriguez fired his spot-kick home.
The first half was one-way traffic as Norwich clung on to the goalless scoreline despite Burnley continually stretching them through the touchline-hugging flank play of Vitinho and Anass Zaroury.
The Canaries defended doggedly enough but the fact that they survived until half-time without conceding was more down to the lack of an end product from the Clarets.
Within two minutes the dangerous Nathan Tella twisted and turned on the edge of the box before firing in a shot which deflected off a defender and bounced agonisingly past Angus Gunn’s post as the goalkeeper scrambled across his area.