Dyche: Sick Mee could not play on
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche hopes Ben Mee can recover from illness in time for Saturday’s match at Leeds.
Mee was forced off at the interval in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Birmingham City.
Dyche said: “He was sick at half time so we had to get him off because obviously you can’t put him out there when he’s been ill.
“We had similar the other week at Sheffield Wednesday with Scott Arfield. He was ill after the game.
“Sometimes it’s a precursor when they look off it and then all of a sudden the body lets you know.
“When you’re out there the adrenaline’s high and the body’s at its peak.
“He was vomiting at half time so we got him off.
“Hopefully it’s not a bug.”
Mee’s illness was the only real setback on a fine night for the Clarets, who made it 14 points from seven matches this season.
Dyche has been delighted with the way his players has performed, although he have warned that a small squad means sustaining such results will not be easy.
“There are some good signs,” he said.
“I’m delighted to be seven games in and on 14 points, but we’re all well aware there’s a long way to go.
“But it is something to be enjoyed, the way the team are performing at the moment.
“Winning and getting good results often brings confidence but you start from a base when you come into pre-season and I thought that feeling was there all pre-season.
“My delight is the way they’ve taken the good play, the honesty, the endeavour, the team ethic into the season, because that’s always the challenge.
“It’s going well for them, well for us, well for the fans and long may that continue. It’s a constant work in progress. We’re still light in squad numbers so we have to be aware of that.”
Danny Ings took his tally for the season to seven goals with a brace on Tuesday, and Dyche believes the striker is benefiting from a mentality once installed by legendary boss Brian Clough.
“I made it clear to him and all the group, one thing about what we do, we enjoy it,” said Dyche, who worked under Clough as a youngster at Nottingham Forest.
“He (Ings) puts a lot of pressure on himself. He was doing, but he’s releasing that pressure and he’s playing with a smile, as Brian Clough used to call it when I was there.
“He’s got a real desire to learn and improve, and that’s being shown. Long may that continue.”
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