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Mee Delighted With Winning Start

New captain praises troops as Clarets fly out the blocks with 3-0 victory

11 August 2019

Ben Mee hailed the ideal opening day as he made a winning start as the Clarets’ new club captain.

Mee has taken over the armband on a permanent basis following the departure of Tom Heaton to Aston Villa.

And the skipper kicked off his reign in style as a clean sheet and three-second half goals combined to give Burnley their biggest opening day win since 1966.

“It was a good day and it’s a good start,” said Mee.

“It was a good performance in the second half. It was close in the first half and I think it was who dealt with the conditions better and we came out on top and the boys did well.

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“We wanted to come out in the second half and put in a better performance, which we did.

“Barnesy took his first goal really well - took it early - and we went on from there.

“We were lifted by that and went on and did really well.”

Barnes struck twice in seven minutes to effectively kill off the Saints as Sean Dyche’s men became the first Burnley side to win a top-flight fixture at Turf Moor on the opening day of a season for 52 years.

And Mee under-lined the value of the striker, who hadn’t netted in pre-season but has now scored five Premier League goals against Southampton.

“He’s not under-appreciated by us,” Mee added. “He does a fantastic job for us – week-in, week-out – and puts hid body on the line and scores goals and is a nightmare to play against.

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“We love that, and he’s certainly not under-appreciated by us.”

Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s solo effort wrapped up a first home win since mid-April’s victory over Cardiff City which all but guaranteed Burnley’s top-flight safety last season.

And Mee is now looking to keep the momentum going in a testing fixture list which brings trips to Arsenal and Wolves before Liverpool visit Turf Moor ahead of the first international break.

“There was a lot of talk about our start last season. It’s nice to get off to a winning start, but that’s all it is – a start,” said the centre-back.

“We need to move on. We’ve got a couple of tough games coming up. Arsenal away will be tough for us and we need to put on a good performance and work what we’ve done here today and build on that.

“We’ll go away with confidence.”

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