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Mee: Clarets have to take anger out on Wednesday
BEN Mee has urged his team-mates to take out their frustration on Sheffield Wed-nesday after Burnley were controversially denied victory against Millwall on Saturday.
An injury time equaliser saw the Clarets draw 2-2 at Turf Moor after Junior Stanislas had earlier seen what looked to be Burnley’s third goal ruled out for offside in bizarre fashion – almost a minute after the ball had found the net.
But Eddie Howe’s side do not have long to wait to return to Champ-ionship action as they prepare to host Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.
And Mee (pictured below), who scored his first career goal on Saturday in a man of the match performance after impressing since his return to the side, insists Burnley should use their weekend disappointment to spur them on against the Owls.
“You’ve got to use that frustration in the right way,” said the defender, who also narrowly avoided an own goal in the dying seconds of the match.
“Me coming into the team, I’m using that in the right way to try to prove a point a little bit, so we all need to take something from Saturday’s game and go out there and prove a point.
“We said in the changing room that we could have easily won the game, although we could have lost it in the end.
“But it’s one of those and we go on to Sheffield Wednesday.
“We were a bit bemused by the disallowed goal.
“We were celebrating for about a minute and all of a sudden the referee’s gone over to the linesman and given an offside. It was a bit ridiculous to be honest.
“You’ve got to get on with it but we dropped off a bit and they had a few chances. We didn’t react in the right way I don’t think.
“If someone scores in stoppage time it’s always two points dropped but we’ll look ahead and on to the next game.
“We can’t start games like we did on Saturday, with a sloppy goal, but we reacted well then and hopefully we can get a reaction against Sheffield Wednesday to the setback we had at the end.”
Mee’s header put Burnley back on level terms after Liam Trotter had given Millwall an early lead.
Charlie Austin made it 2-1 as a dominant Clarets side looked set for victory before the game changed with Stanislas’ disallowed strike.
Mee’s goal – his first in 58 senior appearances – came after he hit the crossbar in another impressive display at Derby a week earlier.
“It was brilliant to score,” said the 23-year-old, who had not started any of the Clarets’ first six league matches this term.
“It was a relief to get it. I was close last week.
“I like attacking the ball and hopefully I can get a couple more this season.
“It was a bit frustrating not being in the team but I’m in the team now and I want to stay in the team.
“So I’m going to do everything I can to impress the manager and hopefully keep my place in the side.
“We want to push up there and be around the play-offs, and see how far we can get.
“It’s a long season, we’re eight games in. We’ve got some positives and we’ll work on a few things as well.
“But with the first half performance on Saturday we could have had a handful of goals.
“On another day we go and win that game four or five.”
Skipper Jason Shackell pulled out of Saturday’s game in the warm-up after struggling through the previous league match, at former club Derby a week earlier, with a hamstring problem.
The centre back’s fitness will now be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s match.
“He obviously had problems at Derby,” Howe said.
“We felt with a week’s rest that he would be okay but it wasn’t the case.
“We’ll have to see how serious that is.”
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