Ben Mee insisted Burnley were disappointed not to bounce back to winning ways in Tuesday’s stalemate with Watford at Turf Moor.
The Clarets moved back within two points of the Championship summit and extended their run to just one defeat in the last 14 league matches after sharing the spoils with the Hornets.
And defender Mee feels the frustration at seeing two precious points slip away is a clear indicator of the progress being made by Sean Dyche’s charges this season.
Man-of-the-match Mee said: “It was disappointing we couldn’t add that final bit of quality to get the goal we needed and take the three points, as we felt Watford were there for the taking.
“But it shows how far we have come and our expectation that we want to go and run over teams every game.”
Full back Mee was deserving of his man of the match award after ensuring the Clarets were not victims of a smash and grab raid, first with a magnificent block and then a headed goal-line clearance late in the game.
He said: “The first one I managed to get my leg on it, which was important, and for the second I’m not sure if it was going in, but I just decided to get my head behind it.
“Overall we defended really well, as usual, but we couldn’t find that bit of quality to get that goal”.
Mee, who ended up in the wars again – needing treatment to a cut head while lunging in to score a rare winner – joked: “I put myself about for the team and will continue to do so, but it’s not unusual for me to get a bang on the head.
“To be fair, I’ve not been in the wars for a couple of games, but it was only one stitch, so not that impressive!”
The Clarets, who just missed out on going back to the top of the division, now have another chance with a second home game in five days against Barnsley this weekend.
The Tykes, with former Clarets midfielder Micky Mellon in caretaker charge, won at Brighton on Tuesday to head to Turf Moor in confident mood.
But Mee is confident the Clarets, who have taken an impressive 36 points from 18 games, can get back to winning ways.
He said: “The league is very inconsistent, but in the last couple of months we have been very consistent, so we have broken the mould a little bit and we are really pleased at the moment.
“On Saturday, we are going out to give it our all and do everything we can to win the game.
“We can’t take them (Barnsley) lightly. They won on Tuesday so it is a dangerous game, but we want to put on a good performance.
“We have a very good record so far, but it’s a long season and we are hopefully going to be in and around it.”
Story by Alex Brown
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