Burnley put Palace devastation behind them for visit to Sunderland

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DEFENDER Ben Mee insists that Burnley have put their Crystal Palace despair behind them – with Sunderland next in their sights.

Prior to having a free week when the FA Cup fourth round took centre stage last weekend, the Clarets lost a 2-0 lead in crashing 3-2 to relegation rivals Crystal Palace.

But spirits remain high in the Clarets squad, and left-back Mee told the Burnley Express: “We’ll be ready for Sunderland. We’ve got a great group of lads and we won’t get too down about it.

“We’ll come back with plenty of character like we do and go again after a nice rest.

“It’s usually nice to have a game straight after a defeat so you can try to amend it, but it’s given us time to come together as a group again and work out what we’re going to do for next time.

“We’ll just work as hard as we always do ahead of the next game. Every game is a big game for us. From the start of the season every game has been massive. All the lads are looking forward to it. We’ll just play how we play and go again. We’ll be ready.”

Mee has come up against Spurs’ Andros Townsend and Palace’s Wilfried Zaha in recent games, and Mee relishes the challenge of taking on England international Adam Johnson this week.

“That’s what this league is about,” he added. “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.”

The fight for survival looks to involve half of the division, and Mee admitted: “It’s very tight and there’s everything to play for. It’s great to be involved in the mix.

“That’s the challenge we’ve got and we’re enjoying it. Teams like Villa, Sunderland and Palace who are around us – it’s exciting and we’re definitely looking forward to the challenge ahead.”