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Courtois saved Chelsea from defeat, claims Burnley defender

Burnley goalscorer Ben Mee believes if it had not been for Thibaut Courtois, the Lancashire side would have come away with all three points

Former Manchester City defender Ben Mee, who netted Burnley’s equaliser at the weekend, told the club's official website that had it not been for Thibaut Courtois, the Clarets could have come away with all three points.

Branislav Ivanovic opened the scoring in the 14th minute, after being played in by Eden Hazard, but the Blues struggled to capitalise on a number of chances and paid the price following Nemanja Matic’s red card and Mee’s equaliser.

The Burnley goalscorer said: ‘’It was a great result, the lads have played with no fear and we went out there and played. It could have even been a little bit more at the end if Ingsy [Danny Ings] had slipped that chance away but it’s brilliant.

‘’We were holding our own before the sending off and we were playing really well I thought. We were patient in the second-half, bided our time, and then the sending off gave us a bit of a lift and we kicked on from there.

‘’Couirtois makes a great save from Barnsey [Ashley Barnes] just before the goal and on another day it could have been a win for us.’’

Following the controversial match at the weekend, Burnley have seen their heroics at Stamford Bridge played down and overshadowed by a refereeing decision which saw Matic react to a bad tackle.

Paul Merson, in particular, was very vocal about the indecent and was adamant he would not give any credit to Burnley for picking up a vital point against all odds. He was quoted in the Burnley Citizen as saying Sean Dyche's men didn't deserve the credit as they were dominated by the Blues and picked up the point on the back of a distasteful incident.

As expected, and pointed out by Merson, Chelsea were in the ascendancy for large periods of the game against Burnley and were unlucky not to extend their lead before the Serbian saw red for retaliating to a potential leg-breaking tackle.

With 10 men, Chelsea still looked the stronger side but Burnley were able to make their extra man ultimately count and in the end they came away from West London the happier out of the two sides.

The draw for Chelsea means Manchester City have closed the gap by five points at the top of the table, following their 5-0 victory over Newcastle United. While Burnley move above Aston Villa and onto the same points as Queens Park Rangers in the fight for survival.

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