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'We're Not Far Away' - Mee

Clarets skipper believes Clarets close to some reward after narrow Palace loss

13 January 2018

Ben Mee believes the Clarets are close to regaining their momentum in the Premier League after being forced to leave Selhurst Park empty-handed.

Burnley couldn’t claw back a first-half Bakary Sako goal as Crystal Palace maintained their revival with a 1-0 win.

Sean Dyche’s men are now six games without a win the Premier League but Mee felt an improved second-half showing in south London could have put another point on the board.

The Clarets’ skipper said: “It was a better performance in the second half.

“We were slow to get going. Second half we came out and wanted to put on a better performance.

“We had some good pressure. We didn’t create too much but we would have liked to have thought we could have got something out of it.

“You always want to hang in there and there’s always a chance you can nick something out of the game.

“Coming away from home is never easy and we thought we might be able to nick something at the end.

“We’re not far away. We know that. We’ll look to work hard this week and look to put it right.”

Palace went in front through Sako’s sixth goal of the season after 20 minutes and could have been further ahead before the break.

But the Clarets kept a foothold in the game thanks, in particular, to a brilliant piece of defending from Mee when he beat James McArthur to Wilfried Zaha’s assist to somehow keep the ball out of the net.

“It was a bit of a mix-up and he (Zaha) nipped in. To be fair I was probably a bit slow reacting and could have got there a bit quicker. But I managed to get there in the end and get it clear,” Mee told Clarets Player HD.

With Palace’s threat nullified in the second half, the Clarets forced the pace in search of an equaliser which almost came as Wayne Hennessey denied Ashley Barnes with a smothering save late on.

And Burnley were helped in their attacking intent by an injection of impetus from the bench from new loan signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who impressed on his debut after signing on loan from Tottenham.

“He’s come in this week and he’s done really well in training,” added Mee.

“He looks lively with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy and he’s going to show us what quality he’s got.”

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