Mee: Draw was a ‘sickener’ but Burnley will recover
DEFENDER Ben Mee described the derby draw as “a sickener” but told the Clarets to bounce back quickly.
Junior Stanislas thought he would become the first Burnley player since 1979 to score a derby winner when he came off the bench to break the deadlock in the 76th minute on Saturday.
Turf Moor fell flat when Jordan Rhodes scored on his second visit to Turf Moor in two seasons.
But with Burnley still unbeaten at home this season, Mee has urged his team-mates to focus on the positives in preparation for tomorrow night’s visit of Birmingham City.
“It was really frustrating,” he said.
“We all knew the history and we wanted to do well in this game and put it to bed and crack on and go and win some games.
“We came out of the blocks really well. It was a good performance by us and we'll take some positives out of it for sure.
“I think overall on chances I remember Tom (Heaton) making one save in the first half – a good save. But Ingsy (Danny Ings) has bent one round the keeper that's just gone over, their keeper's made two great saves in the first half and one came off Vokesy (Sam Vokes) that could have gone in.
“There were a few chances that we had.
“We'll keep going into the next game on Tuesday and hope for the win.”
Mee admitted that, although hopeful of ending their derby drought, the Clarets were never complacent after Stanislas scored.
“It was a brilliant finish. But because of what’s happened in the previous games you never think ‘that’s it’,” he added.
“The way we were playing and defending you didn't think anyone was going to score against us.
“It was just about concentrating. You don't know what's going to happen, especially against them.
“There were 10 minutes or so to go and we just had to carry on as we were.”
Asked if Rhodes had done what he does best in grabbing the equaliser, Mee said: “What, get lucky?
“It was a bit of a sickener the way it (the equaliser) went in. There were a couple of errors but it was one of those things – a little lucky goal that comes off the shin and goes over the keeper and in.
“It was a shame, definitely, to not get that win, and the way it happened was a kick in the teeth.
“But everyone needs to pick themselves up because we've had a good start.
“We’ve got to look at the bigger picture.
“We're above them anyway.”
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