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Dwight Will Do For Mee

Clarets' stalwart pays tribute to teenage goalscorer after vital win

30 March 2019

Ben Mee hailed rising star Dwight McNeil after the teenager’s superb strike secured a priceless three points for the Clarets.

Mee and his defensive colleagues did their bit with a rock-solid display at the back to rack up only a second clean sheet since the turn of the year.

But the relief was still palpable as McNeil, 19, drilled home his third Premier League goal to wrap up a 2-0 win over FA Cup semi-finalists Wolves and lift the Clarets five points from the drop-zone.

“That’s a nice feeling,” admitted Mee.    

“It was a little nervy at 1-0 and it was nice to see that ball go in with the second one from Dwight, who showed that bit of quality.

“He’s playing with a lot of freedom and he can just go out and keep doing that for us.

“It’s fantastic to see. He does it in training and you can see his quality and his ability.

“He’s a very exciting player to have this club and without putting the pressure on, he’s got big things ahead, I think.”

The Clarets had been given the perfect start when Chris Wood’s effort – following a McNeil free-kick – came back off a post and Wolves defender Conor Coady bundled the ball into his own net with only 90 seconds gone.

And Burnley then dug in to keep the high-flying Wolves at bay to end a run of four successive league defeats and make it a special anniversary for manager Sean Dyche on his 300th game in charge of the Clarets.

“They are a good side. They have some top players and move the ball well,” added Mee, who also played in the 2-0 win over Wolves which marked the start of Dyche’s triumphant Turf Moor reign.

“We had to be on our guard, and I thought we were very organised.

“We were under pressure in the second half and a little bit of nerves can kick in towards the end of a game.

“We defended really well, got our blocks in when we needed to, got tackles in and the full-backs were fantastic, defending the back post and stopping crosses.

“We were really resolute, and it was nice to get a clean sheet, as well. It was a really good performance all round.”

The win didn’t lift the Clarets above 17th place in the table but did put them level on points with Brighton in 15th with 33 apiece.

And Mee is determined to keep pushing on to guarantee safety.

“The job’s not done but it was a fantastic win today and a really good one to put the last performance behind us and get the three points,” said the Clarets’ ever-present who barely put a foot wrong.

“It’s always nice to reach the 40 points so we will look for that, but these next two games are massive for us.

“We go away with confidence now to Bournemouth and then there’s a big one back here against Cardiff.

“Forty is a nice target to get to and that’s an aim. It would be nice to get there as quickly as possible, but the next two games are massive for us.

“If we can get two wins, we will look at it then and see how we do.”

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