Ben Mee takes positives from Southampton defeat

Ben Mee under pressure from Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin
Ben Mee under pressure from Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin

Clarets defender Ben Mee feels Burnley could take a lot of positives from the defeat at Southampton on Saturday.

Sean Dyche’s men went down 2-0 to a Shane Long strike and an own goal from skipper Jason Shackell.

Danny Ings was guilty of missing good chances to draw the Clarets level

Danny Ings was guilty of missing good chances to draw the Clarets level

But Burnley created a number of chances, forcing Kelvin Davis into three key saves, and George Boyd felt he should have had a penalty after a first half challenge from Jose Fonte.

Mee said: “We had chances, it’s just putting them away. Maybe we should have had a penalty as well.

“Southampton is a tough place to come and I thought we set our stall out really well and took the game to them.

“It fizzled out a little bit towards the end but I think we gave as good as we got, especially in the first half.”

It was a good performance though, and we’ll take a lot from it

Ben Mee

Davis was in inspired form after replacing the injured Fraser Forster after 14 minutes, but Mee revealed strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes felt they should have given him no chance: “The keeper pulled off some great saves, but the lads were disappointed they haven’t scored - they gave him a chance to make the saves.

“Southampton played the ball around a lot more in the second half and kept it better, but they have some good players and they killed the game off.

“It was a good performance though, and we’ll take a lot from it.”

The first goal came after a couple of richochets landed kindly for Long, while Shackell inadvertently turned in a Ryan Bertrand cross, and Mee sympathised: “It was at an awkward height, it fizzed past Duffo and Shacks tried to get something on it and it came flush off his knee and flew past Tom. “It was really unlucky.”

Ben Mee stands dejected at the full time whistle

Ben Mee stands dejected at the full time whistle