Crystal Palace 0 Burnley live 1: Dyche reaction as Mee sends Clarets eighth

Burnley moved up to eighth in the table as Ben Mee’s second half header earned a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Sean Dyche’s side had the better of the first half with Dwight McNeil shooting over and seeing a shot saved by Guaita in the home goal while Palace survived a goalmouth scramble after a wicked Ashley Westwood corner was knocked goalwards by Ben Mee.

Erik Pieters scuffed a shot goalwards when well placed with the Clarets carving out the clearer chances.

At the other end Nick Pope was called into action for a routine save from Jordan Ayew as the Clarets contained the dangerous Wilf Zaha well.

The home side started the second half the brighter but could have been reduced to 10 men when Ayew caught Josh Brownhill with a forearm. VAR looked at the incident but decided there was no violent conduct.

Minutes later the Clarets were in front when Ben Mee stooped to score his first goal for three and a half years on his 300th Burnley appearance from Ashley Westwood’s free kick.

Burnley were then forced into a reshuffle with Jack Cork picking up and ankle injury prompting Kevin Long to come in as the Clarets switched to 5-4-1.

Palace carried the attacking threat from then on and Gary Cahill, Jordan Ayew and Patrick Van Aanholt had chances but the visitors held firm and defended superbly to claim the points.

The Clarets are next in action on Sunday when Sheffield United visit Turf Moor (12noon).

Burnley are without Jay Rodriguez who has not recovered from the injury that forced him off against Watford while Phil Bardsley comes in for Matt Lowton at right back.

The Clarets remain without injured quartet Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady.

Erik Pieters comes into the side on the left of midfield with Dwight McNeil dropping in behind Matej Vydra – a system the Clarets finished with against Watford.

The only other reognisable striker who has been involved since the return is teenager Max Thompson who made his debut as a late sub in the defeat to Manchester City a week ago.

Burnley are desperately short of options and once again only name seven subs.

We will bring you all the match action, reaction and analysis so stay with us.

Kick off at Selhurst is 8pm and the match is being streamed live on Amazon Prime.

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