It took Burnley eight games to get four goals on the scoresheet, but against AFC Bournemouth it took them just 49 minutes.
AFC Bournemouth travelled to Turf Moor, the place where manager Eddie Howe “went” and then “came back”, during a short spell that tested him as a manager before returning to Dean Court to take the Cherries to the Premier League.
Howe insists it was a period of his career that he does look upon fondly, but this particular visit won’t.
The match statistics will show that Howe’s current side enjoyed the better possession and created far more chances, but the only statistic that matters shows a heavy defeat for the Cherries.
AFC Bournemouth came in at halftime at 2-0, goals from Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon coming in the 39th and 40th minute.
AFC Bournemouth attempted to chase the game but two more goals from Ashley Barnes in the 83rd and 88th minute gave the home side all three points.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
It was a strange game.
If you look at it, we had some good ball today, we threatened to create great chances but we didn’t execute the final pass well at all today.
We made bad decisions in the final third and I don’t think they had too many chances. The stats could tell me different but that’s my gut feel in the immediate aftermath.
The third goal was all important and we shot ourselves in the foot with the two first-half goals – it’s a tough ask to come back from 2-0 down in any game.
Was a bit odd to see Fraser left, then right, then central, then deep, then right again? And the same with Brooks and King. Everyone just seemed everywhere, this time in a bad way.
Odd game and once again some slightly perplexing squad choices. Was Eddie trying to be too clever by selecting to counter their threats? Should he worry about us and get us to play our way and give THEM something to think about?
Very disappointing afternoon given the opposition, both team’s positions, the whinging manager and the missed opportunity for our England lads. – Join the conversation, click here.