Eddie Howe says Bournemouth must learn from heavy Burnley defeat
Last Updated: 22/09/18 7:24pm
Eddie Howe admitted that Bournemouth have plenty to learn after they were thumped 4-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor.
Bournemouth enjoyed 62 per cent possession and only had one fewer shot on target than their hosts but were soundly beaten on Saturday.
Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon scored Burnley's first two goals in the space of 125 seconds in the first half and then Sean Dyche's side picked Bournemouth off in the second half with two Ashley Barnes goals on the counter-attack.
Although Howe felt that the final scoreline flattered Burnley, he was disappointed to see his side concede four goals and lamented their missed chances when it was 2-0.
"It was a strange game, I don't think it was a 4-0 defeat in performance, but that's the reality of the result," Howe said.
"We were well in the game early on, had chances to score and couldn't take them, we weren't effective in front of goal today and we've come away having conceded four goals. There are plenty of lessons for us to learn after today's game.
"We're very disappointed to have conceded four. As I said, early on in the game it didn't look as though that would be on the cards and second half we had them really penned in and I thought we were a goal away from changing the entire mood of it. We never quite got that goal and then conceded two on the break.
"We know how difficult and unforgiving the league is so there was no complacent before the game, we knew it was going to be a very tough assignment."
Despite the heavy defeat, Bournemouth remain well-positioned in the top half after an excellent start to the season and they face Crystal Palace at home on Monday Night Football next week.