For the first time in the clubs history, AFC Bournemouth have ended the campaign as the top side on the south coast.
The Cherries had to come from behind yet again, to claim all three points away to Burnley. Joshua King and Callum Wilson scoring the goals that meant that Eddie Howe’s side finished the season on a high, securing 21 points from losing positions.
A 12th place finish and 44 points, just two shy of last seasons tally which saw the side finish 9th in the top flight of English football, was enough to see the Cherries finish the Premier League season higher than both Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion.
In the end AFC Bournemouth finished 4 points clear of 15th placed Brighton and 8 points clear of Southampton who finished the season one place above the relegation zone in 17th.
Howe told BBC Radio Solent…
“Certainly next year we’d like to take the lead more but the attitude of our players today to come back is really pleasing.
“We didn’t play well in the first half but responded really well, created chances and I’m delighted to win.
“They are three quality players, the substitutes – Dan Gosling, Jermain Defoe and Callum Wilson. I couldn’t have picked a better three to come on…”
“…The only disappointment (of the season) is we finished below where we finished last season but that says more about how good we were last year. We can do better, must do better and we have already started working on that.”
A bit like that metaphorical difficult 2nd album, this has been a difficult 3rd season in the PL despite Ake looking like an outstanding acquisition and Lewis Cook really stepping into the side.
The performances haven’t been there nearly as often this season but, despite that, some effective points gathering has meant we’ve still finished pretty well in the table.
If next season we could marry some of the performances of the first two seasons with that happy knack of picking up points we often showed this one I’d expect to see us in a very impressive position indeed this time next year.
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