Ben Mee scores
Five of Burnley’s last eight Premier League goals have come from set-pieces

Burnley’s recent Premier League improvement continued as they edged to a narrow victory over bottom side Sheffield United at Turf Moor.

Captain Ben Mee’s first-half header from a corner was enough to separate the two lowest-scoring sides in the top flight.

Sean Dyche’s side have now won three of their past five games and rise to 16th, while the Blades remain bottom with only two points.

In a tight affair, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood both went close to opening the scoring for the hosts but saw their close-range efforts superbly saved by visiting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

David McGoldrick’s second-half shot, which was saved by Nick Pope, and Rhian Brewster’s near-post header, cleared on the line by home midfielder Ashley Westwood, were Sheffield United’s best opportunities.

The result represents a good start to the week for Burnley, who may finish it under new ownership, but the beleaguered Blades have now equalled Queens Park Rangers’ record of 16 games for the longest winless start to a Premier League season.

Their cause was not helped by a statement prior to kick-off confirming a number of individuals at the club have tested positive for coronavirus and gone into self-isolation in line with Premier League and Government guidelines.

Burnley’s main man Mee

While there was little to separate the sides, centre-back Mee underlined his importance to Burnley with another impressive display alongside James Tarkowski.

Without Mee, Burnley are a different side, shipping 12 goals in their first six games his season.

Since his return from a thigh injury the Clarets’ back four has returned to its obdurate and organised best, resulting in a gradual climb away from the bottom three.

Apart from their now annual drubbing at Manchester City, Burnley’s goal’s against column has looked significantly healthier, with Mee overseeing the concession of just three goals in the other eight matches.

Against a Sheffield United side struggling in front of goal, he looked confident and composed, having more touches than any other Burnley player.

He also snuffed out danger well, with one particularly timely block after McGoldrick had escaped down the left, before providing the match-winning contribution.

More to follow.

Player of the match

TarkowskiJames Tarkowski

Burnley

  1. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  2. Squad number6Player nameMee

  3. Squad number1Player namePope

  4. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  5. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  6. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  7. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  8. Squad number23Player namePieters

  9. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  10. Squad number41Player nameBenson

  11. Squad number9Player nameWood

  12. Squad number16Player nameStephens

  13. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number12Player nameEgan

  2. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

  3. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

  4. Squad number6Player nameBasham

  5. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  6. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

  7. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

  8. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

  9. Squad number14Player nameBurke

  10. Squad number19Player nameRobinson

  11. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  12. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  13. Squad number4Player nameFleck

  14. Squad number11Player nameMousset

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2LowtonBooked at 45mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forBensonat 9′minutes
  • 12Brady
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18Westwood
  • 23Pieters
  • 9Wood
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forStephensat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 35Mancini
  • 41Benson
  • 46Mumbongo

Sheff Utd

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 19RobinsonSubstituted forFleckat 57′minutes
  • 2Baldock
  • 22AmpaduSubstituted forNorwoodat 67′minutes
  • 23Osborn
  • 3StevensBooked at 72mins
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 11MoussetSubstituted forBurkeat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Brewster

Substitutes

  • 4Fleck
  • 13Lowe
  • 14Burke
  • 16Norwood
  • 20Bogle
  • 21Verrips
  • 29Bryan

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