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Mee aims to turn Heat-on Toffees

20 October 2016

Ben Mee is ready to lend a helping hand to goalkeeper Tom Heaton as the Clarets bid to bounce back against Everton.

Heaton hit the headlines last Sunday with a stellar performance against Southampton.

His early save from former Burnley striker Charlie Austin is already being hailed as the save of the season.

But the Clarets’ skipper couldn’t prevent Sean Dyche’s men slipping to a 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s.

And Mee is determined to turn things round thanks to a more collective effort from the defensive unit.

The Clarets’ centre-back said: “He was fantastic on Sunday. It was a shame we couldn’t back him up a little bit. 

“One of those saves was the best I have seen a keeper make.

“It’s good to have a keeper in form and he’s there when we need him.

“It gives you a lot of confidence, his security with the ball and his voice. 

“He has been dealing with everything that’s been coming his way but it would be nice to not need him as much, so we will look to improve on that.”

Tom Heaton has kept two clean sheets so far this season 

Saturday sees Burnley back at Turf Moor, where they have proved difficult to breach.

Dyche’s side conceded just 14 goals in 23 Championship home games last season and since stepping up in class, have let in just three goals in five Premier League games this term.

Everton’s front line, headed by record signing Romelu Lukaku, will pose a threat but Mee is ready to meet the challenge head on.

He added:  “We have to be confident with teams coming to our place. We can’t hold any fear and, personally, I’m looking forward to the challenge that’s coming our way.

“We expect to do well at home – no different from any other team I guess. It’s going to be important for us this season, although we would like to pick up our away form as well.

“We are confident at home. We are a confident group. We were disappointed with last weekend’s performance so we are looking to get back and put on a good performance and get a win on Saturday.

“We believe we can do well at home and test these teams that come to our place.”

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