Ben Mee praised the Clarets’ fans for their continued backing away from home as Burnley signed off their near month-long road trip with a point-winning performance at Sunderland.
The Clarets were left waiting for a first away win of the campaign after failing to turn a dominant first-half performance at the Stadium of Light into goals.
But they stood firm as the tide was turned after the break on the North-East coast as Sean Dyche’s side made it two points from four successive aways games to extend their advantage over the bottom three to eight points ahead of a return to Turf Moor for back-to-back home games after the international break.
“It’s not negative. That’s the way it is and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it,” said Mee, who produced another dominant defensive performance to help secure a first clean sheet in seven games from a 0-0 draw.
“That’s the aim for the season – to stay in this league.
“It’s an important point and we have got a few big games to come now back at Turf.
“We are in a good position going into the final games and we want to push on and get as many points we can.
“It will be nice to get back playing in front of the home fans, but fair play to the away fans.
“They’ve been fantastic for us. After every game they are there clapping us and we notice that.
“It’s been fantastic to see that after the game and all credit to them for still following us and supporting us.”
Burnley should have led to add to Sunderland’s concerns at the bottom of the table but both George Boyd and Ashley Barnes were unable to provide the killer below before the break.
Sunderland then hit back but Mee and his defensive colleagues stood firm, with Tom Heaton also making a couple of vital saves to deny the Black Cats a second win of 2017.
“We were pleased with the first half and disappointed with the second,” Mee added.
“They had a few chances in the second half to score and we had a few in the first half and maybe one or two in the second. It was a close game and probably a fair result in the end.
“We would like to win away from home to stop people talking about the away form, which actually hasn’t been too bad performance-wise.
“We have just struggled to get those wins and today was another one.”