Ben Mee is ready to try and ‘Bridge’ the gap again as the Clarets prepare for their heavyweight run-in.
Burnley go to Chelsea next Monday night to kick off a run of games between now and the end of the season which will see them play against four of the Premier League’s current top five and Europa League hopefuls Everton.
Sean Dyche’s men will head to the capital in good heart thanks to a hat-trick of wins which have put them on the brink of Premier League safety.
And Mee is excited by the challenge that still lies ahead following last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City which has kept the Clarets eight points clear of the bottom three in 14th-place.
“It was a fantastic result at the weekend. Three wins in a row is a good achievement in this league and takes a bit of pressure off us going into these last four games against big teams. We can go and play well and enjoy them,” said the ever-present defender.
“You can’t take it (safety) for granted in this league. Funny things happen in football. But we’ll go into these last four games enjoying them and try and pick up more points and see where it takes us.
“We’d like to finish the season strong with some good performances. That’s our main aim to try and finish as high as we can and turn what was a poor start to the season into what would be potentially be a really good season for us.”
Chelsea will need the points to try and force their way back into the Champions League places as they battle it out with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United for a top-four finish.
But the Clarets have a decent record at Stamford Bridge, with memories fresh of last season’s remarkable opening-day win and where Burnley drew 1-1 in the 2014/15 season when Mee’s second top-flight goal produced a late equaliser (above).
“Last season we were 3-0 up and playing really well. We’ve had some good times against them,” Mee added.
“There was the first Premier League game, my Premier League debut, which was a tough game and a real education to the Premier League, I think, for a lot of our players.
“But we’ve had some good games and especially at Stamford Bridge we’ve performed really well in some games there, so we’re looking forward to it definitely.”
Chelsea won 4-0 at Turf Moor earlier this season during a testing run of eight games without a victory for the Clarets.
But Sean Dyche’s men didn’t go under following an unproductive first half of the season which yielded just 12 points.
And Mee believes the experience built up from three seasons in the top flight helped under-pin a recovery which has brought them 27 points in 15 games from Boxing Day.
“We’ve got quite a lot of players in and around the 28-29 bracket and I think we have definitely learned a few things in the Premier League since we’ve been here,” he said.
“We’ve managed to park things and say ‘right we start again, we go again’ and that’s proved really good for us this second half of the season.”