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Burnley suffered a record breaking eleventh home league defeat of the season yesterday when Bournemouth came to Turf Moor and went home with all three points from a 2-0 win.

A first goal early in the game put us on the back foot and the second came with time running out to give Bournemouth only their second ever league win at Turf Moor and a first ever double against the Clarets.

I’m not at all sure why, but I was sort of feeling relatively confident ahead of the game. Was it because Bournemouth were in as bad a run of form as us? Was it just that it was Bournemouth and they do usually struggle at Burnley? Sometimes when you are in a bad run you get this idea that this is the day. I recall one such day in 2006 when we travelled to Derby. I was so confident that we’d win; we were 3-0 down after half an hour. I really should know better.

Having met with friends in town, we were making our way to the Turf when the team news came through. We expected that it would be Josh Cullen replacing the suspended Josh Brownhill, and it was.. But there were two other changes with Vitinho returning alongside Jacob Bruun Larsen with Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and Zeki Amdouni dropping out. It was only the second time all season that Amdouni hadn’t been in the starting eleven for a Premier League game.

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We tried to work out just who might be playing where. Would it be three at the back? The answer was that it was the usual almost 4-4-2 formation with Bruun Larsen taking the left hand side and Wilson Odobert moving into Amdouni’s role.

What a start. While not disastrous, it doesn’t help when one of your central defenders picks up a yellow card within seconds of the kick off. I can understand why Dara O’Shea tried to stop them taking a quick throw in but it was sheer stupidity and left him just one mistimed challenge away from a red for the rest of the game.

We actually started quite well and took the game to Bournemouth in the opening twelve minutes or so. Wilson Odobert might have done better with a shot following a ball played in by Lorenz Assignon, but even though we were in the ascendancy, it was Bournemouth who almost went in front after Assignon was easily beaten down the flank and he had Charlie Taylor to thank for an excellent last ditch clearance.

But the positive start came to an abrupt end when Bournemouth scored and it was another bad, bad goal for us to give away. It was no more than a ball played forward over our two central defenders. O’Shea somehow managed to let Justin Kluivert get onto it and he made absolutely no mistake in firing past James Trafford.

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It’s probably appropriate to mention Trafford, and I did in my report last week because of the Brownhill red card. One week on and he had to endure chants for Muric after one poor ball played out. I understand everyone’s frustration but it can’t be helping him at all and he’s not picking himself for the team.

Bournemouth made the most of going in front and for much of the first half were more than comfortable keeping their defensive shape and allowing us to have the ball although things sprung to life in the closing minutes of the half during which time we really should have at least got ourselves level.

David Datro Fofana failed to get onto a through ball but a rebound off goalkeeper Neto fell nicely to Bruun Larsen whose poor effort was blocked by Adam Smith. He nearly responded with a stunning goal though from a free kick. Somehow Neto kept it out with goal line technology confirming just how close it was to going in.

Right on half time, Taylor crossed from the left but Vitinho headed over and that meant going in for the break a goal behind.

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The first half had been better than in the previous two games but, as at Palace a week earlier, we were playing against a team woefully out of any sort of form and this still looked an opportunity to get something from the game.

Unfortunately, it was not to be and rarely did we show enough in the second half to warrant any confidence we might have had at half time. Twice we could have fallen further behind and twice we probably should have as first Dominic Solanke had a shot saved by Trafford and very soon after that Marcus Tavernier shot wide.

Then, and somewhat unexpectedly, we scored although the excitement didn’t last long. Vitinho chipped the ball up to the far post where Bruun Larsen went up with Smith before Cullen turned it home. Referee David Coote gave a free kick against Bruun Larsen. Good grief, it’s soft.

Then Odobert went down wanting a penalty. No was the answer but on this one I totally agree with Coote although it was no different to the one given against us at Villa that cost us the game. It did make me wonder whether we should have a fat owner who might take things into his own hands when decisions go against us. (I am joking!)

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The big, exciting moment was still to come, the introduction of Manuel Benson as a substitute in the 76th minute. The crowd rose to him as he got his first Turf Moor appearance this year and, his first since September apart from a few minutes in the Everton defeat. Couple this with the negativity towards Trafford and it’s obvious the fans are far from happy with team selections.

The disallowed goal and the penalty shout signalled it was just about the end for us as Antoine Semenyo all but took over. He might have scored three times having got clear down the right. He missed the first two but scored the third although it benefited from an unfortunate deflection off Taylor.

That was it, 2-0 down with two minutes of normal time remaining and it was still 2-0 when Coote blew his final whistle to signal an eleventh home league defeat out of fourteen. I knew this was a new, unwanted record for us in the Premier League, beating the ten in the 2018/19 season when, to be fair, we did win seven, but there was a suggestion on television last night that this is actually a new all-time club record.

Played fourteen at home and we’ve conceded 34 goals. That is more goals than we’ve ever conceded in a Premier League season in the full home programme of nineteen games passing that same 2018/19 season when we conceded 32.

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And so the season we hoped would promise so much has given us another disappointing game, a twentieth defeat in total. That’s still a few games away from reaching the 24 we lost in 2009/10 but it’s already three more defeats than in our relegation two seasons ago.

We are clearly not good enough for this league. We’ve got eleven games still to play and can then start preparing for another return to the Championship.

The teams were;

Burnley: James Trafford, Lorenz Assignon, Dara O’Shea (Jay Rodriguez 90), Maxime Estève, Charlie Taylor, Vitinho (Manuel Benson 77), Sander Berge, Josh Cullen (Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson 90), Wilson Odobert, David Datro Fofana, Jacob Bruun Larsen (Zeki Amdouni 69). Subs not used: Arijanet Muric, Hjalmar Ekdal, Hannes Delcroix, Jack Cork, Mike Trésor.
Yellow Cards: Dara O’Shea, Vitinho.

Bournemouth: Neto, Adam Smith, Illia Zabarnyi, Marcos Senesi (Chris Mepham 12), Milos Kerkez (Dango Ouattara 89), Ryan Christie (Alex Scott ht), Lewis Cook, Antoine Semenyo, Justin Kluivert (Philip Billing 73), Marcus Tavernier, Dominic Solanke (Enes Ünal 89). Subs not used: Mark Travers, Romain Faivre, Luis Sinisterra, Maxwell Kinsey-Wellings.
Yellow Cards: Antoine Semenyo, Justin Kluivert, Marcus Tavernier, Adam Smith.

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 19,713.

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