Andre Gray has lauded Burnley’s triangular of Tom Heaton, Michael Keane and Ben Mee ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace at Turf Moor.
The trio, who were present for the club’s last voyage in the top flight, have formed an integral part of the Clarets’ rearguard this term.
With a third clean sheet of the season against Manchester United at the weekend, Gray said: “They’ve been fantastic. That’s where the base of the team comes from. We’ve got a great spine and those three have been fantastic all season.
“We’re going to need that throughout the season, it’s not going to be easy for us, and sometimes we’ll need some heroics. They’ve done that every week.
“They were here the last time the club was at this level and I think it’s shown how much they’ve learnt from last time. They’ve been outstanding this season and it’s credit to them.”