Burnley captain Ben Mee on Monday marked his 300th appearance for the club by scoring in a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, as the Clarets climbed to eighth in the English Premier League table.
The victory saw Sean Dyche’s side go level on points with Tottenham Hotspur and keep alive their hopes of UEFA Europa League qualification.
A week on from saying how “ashamed” he was at a plane carrying the message “White lives Matter Burnley” over the Etihad Stadium during a 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City, the defender won more plaudits at Selhurst Park as the Clarets built on their 1-0 win over Watford last week.
Mee ended a three-year wait for a goal in the 62nd minute with a diving header from Ashley Westwood’s free-kick after getting in front of Gary Cahill.
Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita got a hand to the ball, but not a strong one and could only divert it in off a post for the only goal of the game.
“I’ve been humbled by the response to the interview,” Mee, simply saying it was “nice” to score the winner, told Amazon Prime of the reaction to his post-match comments following the City defeat.
“It’s nice to hear. The club got quite a few e-mails, too, which I read a few of,” the centerback said.
“It wasn’t a great night for us, but we have responded really well to get two wins on the bounce,” he added.
The defeat dropped Palace down to 11th place, but Roy Hodgson’s men are still a comfortable 15 points clear of the relegation zone with six games to play, despite a second successive defeat.
Former England manager Hodgson refused to blame his goalkeeper for the loss.
“We did everything we could to find a way through, but it didn’t work out for us,” Hodgson said.
Burnley’s victory was all the more impressive as they were without three first-choice forwards in Jay Rodriguez, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
“We’ve had to change things with the stretched squad we have and we did very well,” Burnley manager Dyche told the BBC.
Burnley could have opened the scoring in the 19th minute, only for Dwight McNeil to shoot over from inside the penalty area.
Palace created their own chances, but Cahill and James McArthur both shot off target.
In the second half, the video assistant referee was called in as Palace’s Jordan Ayew avoided a red card for catching Josh Brownhill with a flailing arm.
Then came the key moment, defender Mee stooping low for his first goal since January 2017.
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