The Warmdown: Burnley taste defeat to end the season on a whimper
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 23: David McGoldrick of Sheffield United celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Burnley at Bramall Lane on May 23, 2021 in Sheffield, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Sean Dyche's men couldn't end the season on a high note after being beaten 1-0 by bottom of the table Sheffield United. 

The manager made one change from the side that were dominated by Liverpool with Jimmy Dunne replacing Captain Ben Mee in the heart of the defence.

Burnley started brightly but couldn't keep the momentum going. Chris Wood's header was cleared away by Chris Basham early on with Aaron Ramsdale also denying Dwight McNeil from his effort. 

David McGoldrick's 24th-minute goal put an end to the Clarets momentum. His low, curling effort got the better of Will Norris, who continues to start because of Nick Pope's injury. 

Kevin Friend waved away a Burnley penalty appeal when the ball struck Ben Osborn's arm. However, it wasn't to be for Burnley and although the game had no change to both clubs' fate it did leave the Blades signing off on a high whilst Burnley ended a disappointing in the same manner. 

  • Dunne impressed defensively

Despite losing 1-0 and conceding, one defender who can come away happy with his performance was Irish international Dunne. 

It's not hard to fill in for someone as experienced or Important as Mee but Dunne did so and did it well.

His lack of game time comes from the talent in the trio of Mee, Pope and James Tarkowski, a trio Dyche uses to his advantage. However, the use of this trio has left Dunne in the dark, until now. Against the Blades, he was Burnley's highest-rated player and statistically impressed. 

He won 20 of his 28 duels, completed three successful tactics, made nine recoveries and completed 46 accurate passes giving him a pass success rate of 70%.

With Mee ageing and Tarkowski being rumoured with a move away performances like this will shoot Dunne straight to the top of Dyche's list for centre-halves next in line.

  • Fighting for the right to play

Paul Heckingbottom would have had a smile on his face after this display from his players, many of who will be looking to impress Heckingbottom or other clubs. 

As for the Burnley squad, Dyche has made it clear he wants to add this summer and may need to after finishing 17th this season. There are likely to be one or two departures but the squad will stay relatively similar with players like Norris and Dunne looking to impress while given the chance. 

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