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Mee: It Wasn't Good Enough

Clarets captain frustrated by heavy defeat on 300th appearance

2 November 2019

Ben Mee admitted the level of the Clarets’ performance wasn’t good enough as his 300th game for the club ended in a crushing defeat.

A 3-0 reverse at Sheffield United made it three successive losses for Sean Dyche’s side to take the gloss off a major milestone for the Clarets’ captain.

And after leaking nine goals in the last three games, Mee knows things must improve.

“We’re really disappointed with the result and the performance. We weren’t at it and it wasn’t good enough,” said the long-serving defender – who became the 31st player in Burnley’s history to reach the triple century.

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“It was disappointing to come to my 300th game and have a performance like that.

“They caused us problems and we couldn’t get to grips with it.

“Against a good Chelsea side last week we conceded four and then a couple against Leicester.

“It’s not something we’re used to – conceding goals. We will put it right and we will come back strongly. We’ll have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

After going behind to an early John Lundstram strike the Clarets rallied and looked set to go into the break trailing by just a single goal.

But another Lundstram effort and John Fleck’s first Premier League goal put the rampant Blades out of sight as Chris Wilder’s in-form side continued their impressive start to life in the top flight and left Burnley 14th in the table.

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“That last five minutes before half time kind of killed us,” admitted Mee.

“The manager had a few words at half-time as you would expect and rightly so. We weren’t at it and it’s not like us to defend like that and give away as many chances as that.

“Coming in at half-time 3-0 is frustrating. We wanted to put it right and in the second half we didn’t concede but we wanted to create more chances and get back in the game.

“We couldn’t quite take the chances we had and credit to them, they played well.

“We have to pick ourselves up and come back stronger and we have a big game at home next week (against West Ham).

“Every game is a big game, really, and we need to pick up points and pick up wins and we will be looking to do that at our place.”

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