Burnley defender Ben Mee relishing tough tests against top wingers

Ben Mee has faced tough tests against Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend of late, but is relishing another when Burnley face Sunderland and Adam Johnson.

Ben Mee has told the Lancashire Telegraph that he is relishing the challenge of testing himself against the best Premier League wingers in the business.

The Burnley defender has come up against tricky England internationals in his last two outings, and has fared admirably.

The Clarets may have thrown away two-goal leads against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace in top-flight competition, but Mee was able to hold his own against Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha respectively.

There is to be no let up for the former Manchester City trainee, with his next outing set to pitch him into combat with another Three Lions performer.

Adam Johnson will be expected to provide the creative spark for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, but Mee is looking forward to doing a containing job on the talented forward.

He said in the Lancashire Telegraph: "That's what this league is about, there's plenty of good wingers in it.

“All teams play with wingers and they always test you. It's always nice to pit your wits against these kind of players.”

  MatchTotal TackleWon TackleTotal ClearanceDuel WonDuel LostInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Ben Mee Burnley vs C. Palace 8 7 10 9 2 2 1 90

Mee posted impressive numbers against Palace, as the Opta statistics above show.

He will, however, be aware that Zaha and the Eagles came out on top.

Burnley have been taught a few painful lessons of late, but as long as they continue to work hard as a collective and keep key opponents quiet, they will give themselves every chance of beating the drop and cementing their Premier League status.

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