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PL REPORT: Brighton 0 Burnley 0

November 6, 2020

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Skipper returns and helps clean sheet that lifts Clarets off the bottom

The Clarets still remain without a win but put another building block in place with the point that lifted them off the foot of the Premier League table.

Sean Dyche’s men doubled their tally with a repeat of their goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion in their previous away game.

And while scoring remains a problem following a fourth successive game without a goal, a second clean sheet of the campaign brought some reward.

Ben Mee’s first appearance of the season alongside James Tarkowski on the captain's return from injury coincided with a solid defensive performance backed up by two crucial first-half saves from Nick Pope before he heads off on England duty.

And extending their unbeaten top-flight record at the Amex Stadium gave the Clarets something to take into the international break on a night when a return of their stubborn streak stemmed the flow and got them heading back in the right direction.

The Clarets welcomed back Mee for the first time since June, as well as giving Robbie Brady a second start of the season as injury denied summer signing Dale Stephens the chance of a return to his former club.

And Mee was a central figure in a first half that surprisingly ended goalless following some free-flowing opening exchanges.

The Burnley skipper had barely had a touch when he slipped over to allow Danny Wellbeck the chance to tee up Tariq Lamptey for a chance he lifted over the bar with just a minute gone.

But thereafter Mee was sure-footed in looking to quell the threat of Wellbeck as he made a couple of vital interceptions to deny the former England man.

Wellbeck was making his first start after joining the Seagulls as a free agent following his departure from Watford and despite the attentions of Mee had opportunities to mark his first start with the goal that would have given the hosts an interval lead.

Adam Lallana – another recent recruit to strengthen Brighton’s ranks – released the striker for a run at goal stopped only by Pope’s excellent save with his left foot.

And Pope then made another fine block from Wellbeck in first-half stoppage time when he was quickly out to smother after a ball over the top from Ben White had by-passed the Clarets’ back line.

The visitors had gone close at the other end with an early cross from Matt Lowton which came down off the underside of the crossbar.

And Brady almost marked his return with a goal when he sent an overhead effort just wide following a corner.

But the Clarets needed something to show for spells on the front foot and there was an hour gone before they threatened again when Brady and Ashley Westwood combined well before Ashley Barnes set up Dwight McNeil for an effort he steered wide from just outside the box.

It was feeling increasingly like one goal would win it and Neil Maupay gave the Clarets a couple of moments of concern with an effort gathered by Pope and another blocked by a combination of Mee and Tarkowski as the old firm got back together.

Charlie Taylor made an equally vital block as the dangerous Lamptey charged in at the far post to meet another cross from Pascal Gross as the home side began to wind it up again with 20 minutes to go - Burnley's only sniff of a chance an opening for substitute Matej Vydra.

But barring one scare when Mee slipped over again – to bring some symmetry to proceedings – and substitute Aaron Connolly almost got in, the Clarets stood firm to deny Brighton a first home win and stay within four points of the 16th-placed Seagulls.

Brighton: Ryan; Veltman (Jahanbakhsh 83), White, Webster; Lamptey, Gross, Bissouma, Lallana, Burn; Wellbeck (Connolly 86), Maupay. Substitutes: Steele, MacAllister, Alzate, Propper, Bernardo.

Booked: Bissouma

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood (Vydra 83), Barnes (Rodriguez 70). Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Vydra, Long, Thompson, Dunne.

Booked: None

Referee: Mike Dean

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