Burnley captain Ben Mee marked his 300th league appearance for the club with the winning goal at Crystal Palace in the Premier League as he continues to lead by example for the Clarets.
A week on from revealing his disappointment at a plane banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ during the club’s 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City, the defender was impressive throughout at Selhurst Park.
Mee ended his three-year wait for a goal with a header in the 62nd minute and it sealed a 1-0 win to move Sean Dyche’s men up to eighth in the Premier League.
Palace, despite enjoying the better of the contest in the second half, could not respond and suffered a second consecutive defeat.
Despite having no Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes or Jay Rodriguez, the Clarets made a strong start at Selhurst Park.
Palace began to grow in to the game, and the match went in to the break goalless.
VAR was required early on in the second half as the Eagles’ Jordan Ayew avoided a red card for catching Burnley’s Josh Brownhill with his arm.
A lacklustre Palace display was compounded when Burnley took the lead in the 62nd minute.
Ashley Westwood’s free-kick found Clarets captain Ben Mee, who stooped low to head beyond returning Palace keeper Vincente Guaita from 14 yards.
Guaita would have been disappointed after getting a hand to the effort, but the ball hit the post and rolled in to give the Clarets defender his first goal since January 2017.
Palace, who did enjoy the better of the game after the break, saw Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew all have opportunities, but the visitors stood firm to make it back-to-back 1-0 wins.
Final score: Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley