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Best Of Both Worlds - Mee

Skipper satisfied with a point as defence and attack weigh in

12 August 2018

Ben Mee hailed the best of Burnley as the Clarets put their first Premier League point on the board.

An opening-day 0-0 draw at Southampton had echoes of the kind of away form Sean Dyche’s men showed last season.

And Mee credited both attack and defence for an upbeat performance that bodes well for the long campaign to come.

“I felt like we had the chances to win the game, but a point away in the first game – we’re pleased with that,” said the skipper.

“It’s a decent result. I think we had more of the play, although they finished strongly and changed the game with the substitutes and put us under a little bit of pressure.

“But we created some really good opportunities. It was just that final thing of putting the ball in the net and if we had come in at half-time, one or two up it’s a completely different game.

“But we played well and had to show both sides of our game, attacking and defending towards the end and we were pleased with the clean sheet.”

The Clarets completely bossed the first hour and seemingly would have wrapped things up had they been able to find a way past Alex McCarthy or get the verdict over an off-side decision that deprived Jack Cork of what looked a legitimate a winner.

But some outstanding defending late on from Mee and his allies made it two clean sheets in the space of four days for new signing Joe Hart following the Europa League shut-out in Turkey.

“I think the lads who played on Thursday felt really good,” added Mee – an ever-present in a season that is already four games old with the return against Istanbul Basaksehir to come next Thursday night.

“We had some good downtime and we were all fit and ready to play, which I think showed.

“We came out the blocks really well and looked sharper. Perhaps those competitive games have helped us.”

Southampton did threaten late on – helped by the introduction of former Burnley striker Danny Ings following his deadline-day signing from Liverpool.

But, ironically, the nearest the Saints came to scoring was a mis-directed header from Mee as he defended a corner.

“I was just trying to reach for it and Westy’s pulled me out there and made a good clearance,” said Mee.

“But that’s what we do for each other. If someone makes a little error we back each other up and we showed that today.

“If someone made a block then another one was there to clear it. That’s what we’re about.”

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