Ben Mee insists Clarets will not complacent

Ben Mee

Ben Mee

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

BEN Mee admits Burnley could take a massive step forward in the race for promotion tomorrow – even the title.

But the defender stressed there would be no risk of complacency at Turf Moor even if the Clarets leapfrogged Leicester into pole position.

A win by two clear goals would send Burnley top.

“We know what it’s like because we’ve been there before,” said Mee.

But that was more than three months ago. The Clarets know the significance of a return with only seven games remaining after this weekend’s television lunchtime clash.

But Mee, who comes up against his former club, insists they will not get carried away.

“We have got this mentality of one game at a time and we don’t really see ourselves as being top at the minute.

“We will just take it as we have done all season and not really think about it that much,” said the left back, who had a loan spell with Leicester from Manchester City the season before joining Burnley.

“With teams dropping off and Leicester dropping a couple of points on Tuesday night it’s just given it that bit more edge to it.

“It’s one that we have been looking forward to and hopefully we will put in a good performance.

“But it’s no different from what we have been doing all season. We have this mindset that we want to go into every game and win it.

“We have got eight big games to come and tomorrow is going to be a massive one. But no matter what the result is neither team is going to be thinking they have done the job.

“There are still going to be a few games to go after that, but we will look forward to it and it’s exciting. It’s good to be involved in, definitely.”

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Burnley are expected to again be without top scorer Danny Ings and influential right back Kieran Trippier tomorrow, while Dean Marney starts a two-match ban for picking up his 10th booking of the season against Doncaster.

But with Ashley Barnes and Chris Baird slotting in seamlessly for the injured duo, Mee is not anticipating any disruption because of the midfield change.

“Everyone seems to have the same mentality and knows that they are doing when they come into the team,” he said.

“That’s a credit to the staff. With Tripps and Ingsy out you are losing a lot of goals, but the lads that have come in, Bairdy and Barnesy have done really well and it’s good to see.”

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