Ben Mee is out to make amends for Ewood red card

Ben Mee fouls Blackburn's Grant Hanley at Ewood Park in March, to earn a second yellow card
Ben Mee fouls Blackburn's Grant Hanley at Ewood Park in March, to earn a second yellow card

Clarets defender Ben Mee hopes for the chance to put one of the low points of his career behind him on Saturday.

The former Manchester City youngster was sent off for a second bookable offence in the derby at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers in March, leaving his teammates 25 minutes to hang onto a 1-0 lead a man down.

Ben Mee sees red following his second booking.

Ben Mee sees red following his second booking.

Rovers equalised in the fifth minute of injury time with David Dunn’s off-side strike, denying Burnley a first win over their rivals since 1979.

Mee was disconsolate at the time, and, ahead of Saturday’s 100th competitive meeting of the sides, he looked back: “It wasn’t one of the best moments I’ve had.

“It’s in the back of my mind about last year a little bit.

“It will make me play better I guess more than anything if I get the chance to play.”

Asked if it was as low as he’s felt in football, he added: “Yes, it was. I felt quite low to be fair.

“I felt a little bit (hard done to). I think adrenaline was running a little high, but maybe the referee could have let me off a little bit.

“It was one of those things.

“There’s a different feel to the game, definitely.

“It was the first derby that I’d played in.”

He will hope to take part in a second at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Burnley sitting above their rivals in the table.