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Burnley fell to defeat at Bournemouth in the final away game of the season with the two managers’ comments after the game reflecting the result.

Eddie Howe has moved his side onto 45 points with one away game to go. “I’m pleased with the result and to beat last year’s points total,” he said after this 2-1 win against his former club.

“It was a great win and we had to show real character. Our second half performance was one of our better ones as we were totally dominant. We got into some great situations that we didn’t make the most of, but the ability to bounce back is key.

“We found ourselves level despite being well on top but to bounce back from that and to scored late on after conceding showed our attitude, a real hallmark of this team.”

It was Josh King who scored that winner, and Howe said of him: “He was very good, he was a real handful and at one stage it didn’t look as though he would get the goal his performance deserved. But it was a great finish and his attitude since day one from when he joined the club has been excellent. He had everything and all the potential, it was just about putting everything together. He believes he’s going to score as opposed to hoping. His hard work has been first class.”

Sean Dyche marched across to thank the Burnley supporters at the final whistle, but he admitted that the performance wasn’t what he expected. “It was a little bit flat, especially in the second half,” he said.

“I didn’t think there was too much in it in the first half, although they had more of the ball, without really penetrating. In the second half though we were a bit flat. We’ve had some big, important games recently and today we just looked a little bit flat to be honest and maybe it was just a game too many.

“It certainly had the feel. We scored a goal and could have nicked something from the game, but we’ve conceded two really poor goals, particularly the second one. To be fair we two centre halves who are learning and still getting a connection. They just got too distant for the second goal, but it’s hard to be too critical of these players because they have taken this club a long way in the last few years, and particularly this season when people gave us no chance.

“They have had some high pressure situations and we do keep at it and there’s no lack of effort from the players. We have done a good job over the season and just didn’t have that edge today, but I’m not over thinking it.”

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