Burnley centre-half and acting skipper Ben Mee has said he feels the club have set a new benchmark this season in the Premier League and he’s looking for the side to push on, or at least consolidate that improvement, in the final few weeks of the 2017/18 campaign.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media this week, Mee was focused on the West Ham United victory last weekend which pushed Burnley onto 43 points for the campaign – our highest ever points tally in the Premier League and there are eight games still left to play.
Reflecting on our last match, he explained.
‘We struggled to get going first half, but it was a very good performance in the second half. We passed the ball much better. Woody made a big difference and it was a great finish from Barnesy to put us one-up. From there, we didn`t really look in trouble. We`ve been grinding out draws and picking up points but it`s really good to get back on the winning run away from home and it`s two wins on the bounce now.’
With eight game remaining he felt the players could certainly be confident going into them and look for even more improvement as nobody wanted to be complacent at this point.
‘We are looking forward to the last eight games of the season. We`re excited about it and looking to get as many points as we can. We are in decent form. It`s funny how it turns around. Rather than not having a win in 11, it`s one defeat in six. It`s really strange what happens. It`s a completely different outlook and we are really looking forward and we`re excited for these last few games and seeing where we can go and what we can achieve. We want to make it a really good season and one for the fans to really remember. That will be our aim.’
With the game seeing a couple of pitch invasions as the home fans expressed their dissatisfaction with the owners of the club, Mee went on to say that all the players could do was keep their own focus with minutes left to play.
‘You`re always concerned if people are coming on the pitch. It`s not nice to see and not nice to be involved in but we had to keep our heads and focus on the game. It wasn`t our problem what was going on in the stadium. We stayed calm and had to see the game out, which we did really well.’
With the circumstances on the day, he also had words of praise for how the opposition players handled themselves with everything going on.