Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley
Burnley’s pursuit of European football next season continued as Ben Mee’s diving header gave them victory at Crystal Palace.
The Clarets’ skipper threw himself in to meet an Ashley Westwood free-kick and steer an effort past Vicente Guaita, although the home keeper should really have saved it.
It was reward for a Burnley side who were without three injured forwards and again named only seven substitutes, but were marginally the more positive of the two, with Dwight McNeil showing flashes of inspiration in the final third.
Palace had Wilfried Zaha fit after he limped out of their previous game, at Liverpool five days ago, but his was a subdued display, like the rest of his fellow home forwards.
Their best chance fell to defender Gary Cahill, who fired straight at Nick Pope from inside the box.
Burnley’s win takes them to 45 points and lifts them up to eighth in the Premier League table – a league position that could well result in a Europa League place if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld.
Palace, who also held out hope of a late surge for a European place, are now 11th in the table, three points worse off than tonight’s opponents.