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.
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.
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