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Mee Excited By What's To Come

Clarets skipper unconcerned by winless run as Clarets look to push on

10 January 2018

Ben Mee is expecting ‘exciting times’ as he prepares to resume the push for Premier League points.

The Clarets are back on league duty at Crystal Palace on Saturday with a first away trip of 2018.

Sean Dyche’s men bowed out of the FA Cup at Manchester City last weekend as their winless run extended to six matches.

But Mee believes that record does not tell the whole story of the Clarets’ recent run, which has seen them go unbeaten in three successive away games in the league and go to Selhurst Park in seventh place in the table.

“It’s a big second half of the season for ourselves, to see where we can take the club. It’s going to be exciting times,” said the Clarets’ acting captain.

 

"We haven’t picked up a win, but we’ve been to Old Trafford and drawn, we’ve played against a tough Tottenham side who were very good, and we got a good away draw at Huddersfield as well.

“So, we are actually picking up points away from home and we were unlucky in the last minute against Liverpool.

“We have been playing well, so we’re not really taking that too much to heart.

“The stats might say no wins in six, but we’ve got three draws out of that and it’s not all doom and gloom.

“We are looking forward. We’ve got some good games coming up and ones we feel we can win.”

While the Clarets didn’t get the points their performances arguably deserved over the Christmas holiday programme, they remain among the league’s front-runners for their defensive record.

A 10th clean sheet of the campaign in the 0-0 draw at Huddersfield at the end of December means only Manchester City and Chelsea, both with 11, and Manchester United (12) have had more shut-outs this season.

And Mee himself is setting new marks, with his 87 Premier League appearances the most by a Burnley player – ahead of Ashley Barnes (84) and Scott Arfield (83), who have also by-passed Tom Heaton (77) since the Clarets’ goalkeeper was injured and passed the skipper’s armband to Mee in September.

“I’m proud of that – definitely. It’s a good stat and it’s a nice feeling to have that and I want to make many more appearances,” Mee added.

“It’s a shame that Tom got injured as he has, but I’ve enjoyed leading the team out, especially in some of these big games we’ve been playing in.

“It’s a good feeling to captain a side like this and a team that’s doing really well.

“To have that many clean sheets is a fantastic record, especially in this league.

“For a club like us it’s a massive thing and it’s credit to the work we do and the lads who go out there and perform.

“We do work as a team. The whole team defends really well as a unit. It’s not just the back five who perform well and it’s credit to the lads who work hard in front of us.”


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