Match ends, Burnley 2, Nottingham Forest 1.
Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Danny Ings' eighth and ninth goals of the season were enough for Burnley to overcome fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.
Forest struck with Matt Derbyshire burying from Dexter Blackstock's flick, before Ings seized hold of the game.
The striker controlled Kieran Trippier's cross and spun to fire home from the edge of the box and level.
His flicked header over Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries then made it three successive wins for the Clarets.
The sides came into the game in contrasting form with Burnley up to second on the back of wins over Birmingham and Leeds and Forest having won only one of their past five league games after a strong start to the season.
The visitors' manager Billy Davies changed all 11 players from Forest's previous outing, however, and it seemed to have rejuvenated his team.
Blackstock and Simon Gillett both went close before a mazy run from Jamie Paterson caused chaos in the Burnley box and Derbyshire pounced after Forest goalkeeper Tom Heaton had blocked an initial effort.
A smart stop by De Vries preserved the visitors' lead as he tipped over Junior Stanislas's header, but the Dutchman could do nothing to prevent Ings' leveller.
The former Bournemouth man's stinging half-volley crashed into the top corner after a slick turn.
Ings could have found the net again soon after, but lashed over as the ball dropped to him in the box.
Stanislas and Keith Treacy both brought fine saves from De Vries before the hosts' pressure finally told.
Derbyshire had wastefully scooped over the top at the other end a minute before Ings showed far sharper striking instincts with a deft nod from Stanislas' set-piece.
Ishmael Miller posed a threat from the bench but Ings' double, a week after scoring twice against Birmingham, proved decisive.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche on in-form striker Danny Ings: "I mention it every week and I'm getting bored of saying it myself, but in a good way, because he's enjoying his football, you can see it.
"He's got that nice energy and we know he's got quality."
Forest boss Billy Davies: "It was a good cup tie. I thought we ran a very good Burnley side that are going very well in the league extremely close.
"Second half it could have gone either way - it was the toss of the coin."
- 8MarneySubstituted forStockat 34'minutes
- 26TreacySubstituted forArfieldat 83'minutes
- 9VokesSubstituted forKightlyat 88'minutes
- 11StanislasBooked at 90mins
- 29de Vries
- 6MoussiBooked at 31minsSubstituted forCohenat 64'minutes
- 16LascellesBooked at 49mins
- 4GillettBooked at 45mins
- 23BlackstockSubstituted forCoxat 64'minutes
- 28MajewskiSubstituted forMillerat 73'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Nottingham Forest 1.
Junior Stanislas (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Sam Vokes.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.
Substitution, Burnley. Scott Arfield replaces Keith Treacy because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Keith Treacy (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Heaton.
Attempt saved. Ishmael Miller (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Keith Treacy (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ishmael Miller replaces Radoslaw Majewski.
Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).
Kevin Long (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin Long.
Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Goal! Burnley 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Stanislas following a set piece situation.