Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
- Cole only Villa's third goalscorer of the season
- Villa without a victory in nine league games
- Burnley's run of wins comes to an end
- Villa's first game since Roy Keane's departure
A late Danny Ings penalty rescued a point for Burnley, and denied Aston Villa a first win in nine matches.
Joe Cole scored on his first Premier League start for the away side with a poked shot past keeper Tom Heaton.
But Graham Scott, refereeing his first Premier League game, awarded Burnley a late penalty when Villa defender Jores Okore hauled down Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Ings kept his composure to place the spot-kick into the roof of the net and extend Burnley's unbeaten run to three.
The two lowest-scoring teams in the division produced a frenetic encounter, but Villa have still not won since mid-September in the Premier League.
It was the away side who started brightest at Turf Moor, backed by a bumper away following from the Midlands.
Central defenders Okore and Ciaran Clark had chances from in-swinging Villa corners in the first 10 minutes but Okore's touch and Clark's header were stopped by goalline clearances from Burnley's Dean Marney.
Cole eventually grabbed the opener shortly before half-time when he latched on to Andreas Weimann's low ball in from the right-hand side and shot low underneath Heaton.
The Clarets defenders looked to the linesman but Manchester United loanee Michael Keane, deputising for the injured Michael Duff, looked to play the former West Ham and England midfielder onside.
The second half started at the same high intensity, with Burnley's early pressure presenting a gilt-edged chance to Michael Kightly.
The 28-year-old latched on to neat play in the penalty area and saw his low shot hit goalkeeper Brad Guzan's legs before being cleared off the line by Clark.
Substitute Jutkiewicz then nearly scored with his first touch, when his glancing shot from an out-swinging free-kick flashed wide of the far post.
Sean Dyche's side were eventually rewarded for their second-half pressure when referee Scott pointed to the spot.
Former Middlesbrough frontman Jutkiewicz went to ground from Okore's challenge, but there was some debate over whether the initial contact was inside the penalty area.
Ings stepped up and calmly slotted in for his fourth goal of the season.
Burnley pressed for a late winner, with Ings clipping a shot on to the post in stoppage time.
The draw takes second-from-bottom Burnley level on 11 points with Hull (in 17th) and QPR (18th), while Villa have two points more in 16th place.
BBC Match of the Day's Danny Murphy: "Joe Cole looked fit and strong and I'm so pleased for him because he's such a good lad, I've known him for years.
"It's the first sign of him looking as strong as he did a couple of years back. He's been waiting for his chance for a while now.
"He's looking sharp and Villa started the game really well, hopefully that will give him the platform to go on. You can build on a point. I think Burnley will be disappointed because by the finish of the game they'd had some chances."
Burnley manager Sean Dyche:
"Our framework, our energy and our desire was the most pleasing thing for us. 1-0 down in the Premier League is a hard task.
"We are learning, we are developing and there were really good signs of that today. It was a really good reaction from the players.
"We stayed on the front foot, we kept working on our shape and believed the chances would come.
"The game was pretty even, but on the quality of the chances we created, you wonder how we haven't won it in the end."
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:
"We lost two points at the end but we could have lost three when Ings hit the post late on.
"Joe Cole is getting fitter and fitter with every week. For a guy that's won everything in the game he's got great enthusiasm. I thought he was outstanding.
"Whenever you pick up points away from home it's good in this league, but I thought this is one we should have won."
On the Burnley penalty: "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."
- 8MarneyBooked at 38mins
- 14JonesSubstituted forWallaceat 83'minutes
- 11KightlyBooked at 28minsSubstituted forArfieldat 65'minutes
- 30BarnesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 65'minutes
- 21HuttonBooked at 45mins
- 5OkoreBooked at 86mins
- 6ClarkBooked at 87minsSubstituted forLowtonat 90+5'minutes
- 8CleverleyBooked at 41mins
- 24C Sánchez
- 12ColeSubstituted forGrealishat 67'minutes
- 10WeimannSubstituted forRichardsonat 78'minutes
- Graham Scott
- Shots on Target
Match ends, Burnley 1, Aston Villa 1.
Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Aston Villa 1.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Matthew Lowton replaces Ciaran Clark.
Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross.
Danny Ings (Burnley) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ross Wallace.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Danny Ings (Burnley) because of an injury.
Goal! Burnley 1, Aston Villa 1. Danny Ings (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.
Jores Okore (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty conceded by Jores Okore (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Burnley. Lukas Jutkiewicz draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Alan Hutton.
Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces David Jones.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Kieran Richardson replaces Andreas Weimann.