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Mee Able to Enjoy Kane Battle

17 December 2016

Ben Mee is looking forward to the challenge of taking on Tottenham talisman Harry Kane as he continues his top-flight education.

Mee has gone head-to-head with some heavyweight strikers already this season as an ever-present in the middle of the Burnley back four.

And the Clarets' defender is ready to add England international Kane – Tottenham’s nine-goal leading scorer - to that list when Burnley go to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon looking for their first away win of the season.

"It's going to be a tough game but it's enjoyable pitting your wits against players like that. It's been a good experience this season," said Mee, who is closing in on 200 senior games for the Clarets.

"We would like to pick up some results away from home, which would make it even better.

"But I am enjoying it and enjoying playing against these quality players and quality strikers.

"So hopefully I can continue playing in the team. It's my aim to play in every game and do as well as I can."

Mee – who was also an ever-present as Burnley won the Championship title last season - has been part of a settled Burnley defensive unit which has provided the bedrock to a solid start to the season for Sean

Dyche's men, who remained in 13th place in the table following their 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night.

All bar one of the points collected by Burnley so far have come at Turf Moor and a trip to fifth-placed Tottenham will not make the search for an increased return on the road any easier.

But the Clarets created enough chances to take some reward from an improved mid-week performance at the Hammers and Mee is keen to lay the bogey as quickly as possible to stop it being a talking point.

He added: “It's difficult to get your head round it but we need to perform away from home, which we haven’t been doing. That’s the bottom line.

“We need to play like we do at home, without fear, and prove we can play away from home.

"You aren't going to get any easy games in the Premier League, so to get it off our back would be nice, just to stop everyone from talking about it.

“We are bound to get points away from home eventually, and hopefully the sooner the better.”

Tottenham - who are unbeaten at home in the league this season - could have midfielder Mousa Dembele and striker Vincent Janssen back from injury.

But winger Erik Lamela will again be missing with a hip problem.

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