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Mee Disappointed Fightback Falls Short

2 January 2017

Ben Mee was left disappointed his first goal of the season didn't lead to a successful fightback as top-four challengers Manchester City clung on to secure a 2-1 win over Burnley.

Mee scored against his former club when he forced the ball over the line via the underside of the bar following a goalmouth scramble.

Referee Lee Mason awarded the goal with the help of goalline technology to give the Clarets just over 20 minutes to try and force an equaliser against a City side reduced to 10 men when Fernandinho was sent off for a foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson after half an hour.

But despite some late pressure, Sean Dyche's side was forced to stomach another away defeat as goals in the space of five minutes just after the break from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero proved the difference.

"I'm taking the goal," said Mee. "I think Andre was involved as well but the main thing is we couldn't get that second goal and that was disappointing.

"We competed, which we will take as a positive, but obviously we were disappointed not to win, or even get a draw, once they went down to 10 men.

"They are quality players and we struggled in the first 20 minutes of the second half to get hold of the ball and take advantage of the extra man.

"We were a bit disappointed with that but we got back into the game and it's a shame we couldn't get that equaliser.

"They have top quality players and even when they had gone down to 10 men they can still play well.

"But we look at ourselves and what we could have done, maybe, and that was a good chance for us today."

Burnley still only have one point on their travels but remain in 11th place in the Premier League following a fantastic finish to 2016.

And Mee is upbeat about the Clarets' prospects heading into 2017 as they now look forward to a break from league action with an FA Cup third-round tie at Sunderland to come next Saturday.

"We are happy with how it's going. Obviously we would like to pick up some away points and we will look to do that in the New Year," he added.

"Our home form has been good and we will carry on with that and hopefully that will push us towards safety.

"We will pick up points away from home and see where that gets us."

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