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Mee Excited By Burnley Prospects

Captain looking forward to run-in after riding out the storm at West Ham

12 March 2018

Ben Mee is excited about what the rest of the season could hold for the Clarets after helping set a new benchmark for the club.

Saturday’s 3-0 win at West Ham took Burnley onto 43 points – their highest ever tally in the Premier League.

And with eight games still to go, Mee is setting no boundaries after three-second half goals at the London Stadium from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood - who came off the bench to score twice - earned Sean Dyche’s men a first away win since November.

The Clarets’ acting captain said: “We struggled to get going first half, but it was a very good performance in the second half.

“We passed the ball much better. Woody made a big difference and it was a great finish from Barnesy to put us one-up. From there, we didn’t really look in trouble.

“We’ve been grinding out draws and picking up points but it’s really good to get back on the winning run away from home and it’s two wins on the bounce now.

“We are looking forward to the last eight games of the season. We’re excited about it and looking to get as many points as we can.

“We are in decent form. It’s funny how it turns around. Rather than not having a win in 11, it’s one defeat in six.

“It’s really strange what happens. It’s a completely different outlook and we are really looking forward and we’re excited for these last few games and seeing where we can go and what we can achieve.

“We want to make it a really good season and one for the fans to really remember. That will be our aim.”

The Clarets’ victory over the relegation-threatened Hammers came against a backdrop of unsavoury scenes as home supporters protested against the club’s owners and the way they feel the club is being run.

There were separate pitch invasions after each of the Clarets’ three goals as supporters approached a number of players.

Ashley Barnes scored his sixth league goal of the season

But Mee’s troops kept their minds firmly on the job to complete an 11th clean sheet of the campaign and remain seventh in the table – three points ahead of Leicester City.

“You’re always concerned if people are coming on the pitch,” added the defender.

“It’s not nice to see and not nice to be involved in but we had to keep our heads and focus on the game. It wasn’t our problem what was going on in the stadium.

“We stayed calm and had to see the game out, which we did really well.

“Credit to the West Ham players, as well. They carried on. It was a tough environment for them, but we stuck at it really well and were 100 per cent focused.

“For us it’s a very good performance away from home; three goals and a clean sheet. Hopefully people will pick up on that and it won’t get over-shadowed with what happened.”

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