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Winner Ben Enjoys A Bit Of Mee Time

5 April 2017

Ben Mee felt like time stood still during the closing stages of the Clarets' precious 1-0 win over Stoke City.

But he praised his team-mates and defensive allies for seeing the job through in rock-solid style to make George Boyd's second-half strike a winner.

"It was probably the longest 25-30 minutes I've had for a long time and I'm not sure where the six minutes injury time came from!" said Mee. 

"But we saw it out really well and were really compact and did a really professional job.

"It wasn't a great game. It was one of those where one goal might win it.

"I think the whole team ground it out and worked really hard, which we always do. You expect that from us.

"It was just a matter of getting that goal and once we got it we saw it out really well.

The Clarets kept a sixth clean sheet at home in the Premier League this season

"I thought we all defended well. Especially when Crouchy (Peter Crouch) comes in it gets awkward but Tarky came on and did really well and when everyone digs in it's great to see."

Burnley's ultra-consistent back five has been a large part of their success this season, with Mee losing nothing in comparison with England international Michael Keane alongside him at centre-back.

The pair were again outstanding against a Stoke side now just a point better off than Burnley, while in front of the back line Joey Barton kept driving the Clarets on as he clocked up his 250th Premier League start.

Sean Dyche's side is up to 12th-place in the table following Tuesday night's 10th home win of the campaign and Mee is now looking forward to another chance of securing a first away success at struggling Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Clarets' vice-captain added: "It's a tight division so it means we can creep up the table a little bit un-noticed I guess.

"We keep getting those points and we've got a big game on Saturday now.

"We will go there with confidence with a little bit of pressure off us and hopefully get a win."

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