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Strikers Will Do For Mee

Clarets defender hails in-form duo for leading from the front

22 February 2019

Ben Mee is enjoying the view from the back as the Clarets look to continue their climb away from trouble.

Mee and is defensive colleagues have played a major part in under-pinning a seven-match unbeaten run which has lifted Burnley out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

But the long-serving centre-back is happy to deflect the praise and give credit to the in-form strikeforce of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, who have spearheaded the revival.

The likely return of Tottenham talisman Harry Kane at Turf Moor will dominate the external build-up to Saturday’s visit of title-chasing Spurs.

But in Barnes and Wood, the Clarets have two potent frontmen of their own, whose combined total of 10 goals since Boxing Day has helped propel Sean Dyche’s men back into the pack.

“We’re in a really good place at the minute, mentally, and with the side form-wise,” said Mee.

“It’s hard to put your finger on what’s changed, but the goals are going in and the two boys at the top are firing.

“They have been fantastic and set the tone for the games.

“Some defences have really struggled against them and not enjoyed playing against them at all.

“They’ve ruffled a few feathers and been that that focal point for us. I think that filters its way down through the team and we are all going in the right direction.

“The lads look upon that and Dwight has come in and Heats has come in as well and done really well and the lads have picked up massively. I think everyone’s levels have just raised a little bit.

“We’re all moving in the right direction as a squad and I think the players have stepped up to the challenge.”

While Tottenham’s four-match winning run in Kane’s injury absence has got them back into the title hunt, the Clarets have been going about their business at the other end of the table.

Their 3-1 win at Brighton, where the goals were shared by Wood and Barnes, lifted them level on points with the Seagulls and 13th-placed Crystal Palace.

But Dyche’s men are still just three points clear of the relegation places as they look to stall Tottenham’s momentum ahead of potentially pivotal games against Newcastle United and Palace.

“It’s been a good few weeks for us since the turn of the year, but we’ve still got more work to do,” Mee added.

“It’s really tight, but we’ve got ourselves into a good position.

“We’ve dragged a couple of teams back into it, who maybe thought were getting out of it.

“We’re on a roll now and moving in the right direction and rather than getting dragged back into it we want to keep progressing and moving up the table with the confidence we have.

“We want to try and keep this run going and try and keep the performance level we’ve been doing, mainly, and the results will come.”

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