Ben Mee says growing Premier League nous has helped the Clarets make a “steady start” to the season as they prepare to take on the champions on Saturday.
The acting Clarets’ captain admits Burnley have yet to hit the playing heights of last season, when a blistering start to the campaign propelled them to European qualification.
But a haul of seven points from three games ahead of the international break proves Sean Dyche’s men are continuing to get to grips with the top flight, according to Mee.
He told Clarets Player HD: “We want to improve our performances. But it’s been a steady start.
“We’re 12th in the league after so-many games and we have to look at that in a positive way.
“When we first came into the Premier League we found it tough to pick up points, whether we were playing well or playing badly.
“Now, we have got that experience and know-how to pick up points even when we’re not playing well.
“That’s a sign of good things, so when we are playing well hopefully we will be able to pick up points more comfortably.”
The Clarets’ unbeaten three-match run will face a stern test at Manchester City on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola’s defending champions top of the pile again – on goal difference – following an unbeaten start to the campaign.
But Burnley were one of the few sides to take points off City last season thanks to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in February and didn’t go down without a fight in two defeats at the Etihad Stadium in the league and FA Cup.
And Mee – a former FA Youth Cup-winning captain at City – is relishing the prospect of taking on his former club again.
“It’s definitely a fixture I look forward too,” the defender added.
“I enjoy going there and playing at the Etihad, but I also enjoy them coming here. It’s always an enjoyable experience to play against these top players.
“We played really well against them last season (at Turf Moor) and frustrated them and got our reward with a point.
“And at their place we didn’t give them the easiest of rides. It took a little of time for them to overcome us, so hopefully we can maybe last that little bit longer and see out a game.
“We held our own for long periods, both in the cup and the league, and I’m sure we can stick together again and try and get something.”