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Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United: Ben Mee’s header continues Clarets recent improvement

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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.

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.

More to follow.

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Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  7. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  8. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  9. Squad number23Player namePieters

  10. Squad number9Player nameWood

  11. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  1. Squad number16Player nameStephens

  2. Squad number41Player nameBenson

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

  2. Squad number6Player nameBasham

  3. Squad number12Player nameEgan

  4. Squad number19Player nameRobinson

  5. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

  6. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

  7. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  8. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  9. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

  10. Squad number11Player nameMousset

  11. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

  1. Squad number4Player nameFleck

  2. Squad number14Player nameBurke

  3. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

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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