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Captain Mee Proud of 'His' Troops

Stand-in skipper delighted with Anfield performance to extend away run

18 September 2017

Ben Mee left Anfield a proud man after helping inspire the Clarets to a point-winning performance.

The stand-in skipper led by example as part of a superb defensive display which extended Burnley’s unbeaten record on the road thanks to a 1-1 at Liverpool.

And Mee hailed another away-day special as he deputised for the injured Tom Heaton on a day when Sean Dyche's men cut short the Reds' 125th anniversary celebrations.

The long-serving centre-back said: “It was fantastic to lead the boys out at Anfield and get a point. I’m sure Tom will have been watching and he’ll have been really pleased for us.

“I was really proud of everyone. It was a really resolute performance. We dug in and worked hard for each other.

“Last year we were frustrated all year away from home and this year we have started unbeaten with three big teams and three big places to go.

“You are going to have to defend for your lives and put in a shift at places like this, but we do that really well.

“We would have liked to have had the ball a bit more than we did and create a bit more but sometimes you have to dig in and grind these results out.

“We didn’t play brilliantly and we didn’t play brilliantly last Sunday.

“We did the horrible stuff and did the basics and we got three points last weekend and a point away here, so they are real positives.

“It’s been a good start away from home and we want to carry it on. We will definitely take confidence from the away games we’ve had and hopefully we carry it on – and win our home games as well, while we’re at it.”

A fifth point away from home – just two less than the tally recorded throughout 2016/17, despite a fixture which has sent the Clarets to Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool – keeps Burnley in seventh place in the Premier League.

Scott Arfield’s cool finish was swiftly cancelled out by a Mo Salah equaliser but Mee almost secured a first win at Liverpool since 1974 with two late headed efforts on an afternoon when he had a hat-trick of chances from set-pieces.

“The one in the first half I got a bit ahead of and in the second half, (Joel) Matip is six feet, seven or whatever he is, and managed to head it over,” Mee added.

“And then the keeper made a decent save. We could have nicked it - but we will definitely take a point.

“We are growing as a squad and a club. We have been to big clubs recently and we have given them a really good game, which looks good for the future for us.”

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