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Make It Our Turf

Ben Mee on the need to build on mid-week and put points on the board

7 December 2018

Ben Mee wants another show of Turf Moor strength to help the Clarets move away from the Premier League’s danger zone.

Burnley go into Saturday’s visit of Brighton second from bottom of the league table.

But the fight and quality they showed in the 3-1 mid-week defeat to Liverpool suggested there’s enough in the camp to turn that position around.

And Mee is demanding more of the same to make home advantage count.  

“We don’t want to let things slip,” said the skipper.

“That was much more like ourselves and how we want to play.

“We were disappointed we didn’t get anything out of the game after pushing them so hard, but the type of performance is more like what we have been about for the majority of our time in the Premier League.

“We have traditionally made life hard for teams coming to Turf Moor. That has slipped in recent times, so it was good to see it coming back.

“I think the supporters appreciated that and we enjoyed the feeling come down from the stands. It felt a good place to be.”

Having matched Liverpool for long periods and threatened the Reds’ unbeaten league record by taking the lead, the Clarets ultimately finished empty-handed.

And while the reaction to a poor performance at Crystal Palace last Saturday was just the tonic Burnley needed, they also need to put points on the board with the visit of Brighton preceding tough trips to Tottenham and Arsenal in the run-up to Christmas.

“Having played like that, that’s now got to become the norm again – along with points to go with it,” added Mee, who was back to his commanding best.

“We know with the situation we are in in the table, we have to start winning again soon – and hopefully that will start against Brighton on Saturday.

“I think a similar level of performance will give us a good chance of doing that.

“But we must make it happen and not drop off from the level we showed on Wednesday night. If we can do that, I’m positive about what's coming up.” 


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