BEN Mee insists Burnley are keeping their focus on that 40 point mark for Premier League survival - despite the Clarets’ flying start to the campaign.

Having collected 19 points from their first 11 games Burnley are almost halfway to the total of 40 which is generally considered enough to survive in the top flight.

It was the total Burnley finished the season on in 2016/17 and with less than a third of this campaign gone they are well placed to go past it this time around.

But stand-in skipper Mee says hitting that mark remains the top target for now, despite suffering just two defeats in those opening 11 games.

“That’s definitely a target for us, it’s our main aim really,” the 28-year-old said of reaching 40 points.

“We’d like to hit it as quick as possible but we’re not looking too far ahead, we’re looking to the next games and we’re excited about them.”

Burnley sit seventh in the Premier League during the final international break of 2017, having opened a four-point gap on those sides chasing them, while they are locked together on 19 points with Arsenal and Liverpool.

While Mee is keeping his eyes locked on that 40 point mark he did reveal that Sean Dyche’s squad are looking forward to seeing what is achievable this season.

“Looking at the start we’ve had we’re confident and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do and what way we can go,” he said.

Burnley’s bright start to the season is all the more remarkable given the daunting set of early fixtures that awaited them away from Turf Moor this season.

Having won just once on the road last season Mee and his Claret colleagues could have been forgiven for a sense of trepidation at their start, but they have already won at Chelsea, Everton and Southampton, as well as claiming draws at Tottenham and Liverpool.

“Looking at the fixtures it was hard to imagine but we’ve come through that really well,” the centre back of that start on the road.

“We’ve got some big games coming up after the international break leading up to Christmas and we’re excited about it. We’ll see where it takes us.”

Asked what had changed for Burnley away from home this season, Mee added: “It’s a bit more experience and knowhow and we’re having a bit of luck along the way as well which is nice.

“When all those come together and we get good performances then we’re looking good.”