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'It's Been A Fantastic Journey' - Mee

Long-serving defender enjoying the ride as manager reaches 300 games

28 March 2019

Ben Mee has been on board for every step of the journey under Sean Dyche and hopes there is still plenty mileage left in the current Clarets’ crusade.

Mee was in the starting line-up for Dyche’s first game as Burnley boss in November 2012, with Kevin Long – the only other playing survivor from the pre-Dyche era – on the bench for a 2-0 win over Wolves.

Dyche will celebrate his 300th game as manager when Wolves provide the opposition again at Turf Moor on Saturday.

And Mee’s inclusion on the team sheet will see the ultra-consistent defender clock up his 237th appearance under Dyche, the most by any member of the current squad.

“A lot has happened. The club has moved forward so far,” said Mee as he prepared for his 283rd game in total for the club.

Sean Dyche celebrates winning his first game as Burnley boss

“I don’t think anyone could have imagined when the gaffer came in how much the club would have changed in that time-frame.

“It’s been a good fit. Sometimes you get that. We’ve bucked the trend as a club and a team.

“It’s been a fantastic journey – so far – and it’s something we want to keep going and keep moving the club forward with.

“It’s certainly one I want to continue on.”

As well as two promotions in a Burnley shirt, Mee captained the Clarets to their seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season, in the absence of the injured Tom Heaton, and wore the skipper’s armband in Europe at the start of the current campaign.

The Clarets bounced back as Championship winners in 2016

There have also been lows along the way – notably relegation from the top flight in 2015 as the Clarets were trying to find their feet among the elite.

But Mee doesn’t expect a repeat as he looks to help steer Dyche’s side away from danger this time around.

Four successive defeats have slowed the Clarets’ momentum following their post-Christmas surge out of the bottom three.

And while Mee accepts the edginess that surfaced around Turf Moor with defeat to ten-man Leicester City a fortnight ago, the 29-year-old is banking on a united front to help turn things around and start moving forward again on Dyche’s anniversary date against the in-form Wolves.

“That’s understandable. We are where we are, and we need to stick together, and we will come through it,” Mee told the Clarets’ website.

“We need the support of everybody to get behind us, and it’s going to be a big day.

“It’s a big game. They are in good form and we need to be on our game and as sharp as we can be to overcome it.

“The international lads have been away but the lads who’ve been here have had a good couple of weeks and we are ready to go.

“We want to put right what we couldn’t do in the other games.”

Saturday's fixture is Burnley FC's 'One Club For All' day of action. For details, click HERE

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