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Saturday 24 August 2019

Howe: We're not safe

Bournemouth 1 Burnley 3

Burnley's Dwight McNeil (left) and Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA
Burnley's Dwight McNeil (left) and Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

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Eddie Howe warned his Bournemouth players they remain at risk of relegation after defeat at home to Burnley left them with only one victory from nine.

They sit 10 points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff, who have a game in hand, but again played with such a lack of confidence that the gap could narrow over the coming weeks.

Falling to 13th, they also find themselves within two points of Burnley, who wnt into the game looking nervously over their shoulder.

Bournemouth took the lead but then conceded three sloppy goals.

Bournemouth's Diego Rico (left) and Burnley's Ashley Barnes (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA
Bournemouth's Diego Rico (left) and Burnley's Ashley Barnes (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

At the end of October the Cherries were challenging for European football, but with only five victories since then their form has become a significant concern, and the 41-year-old Howe said: "I don't know how many times I've got to say that we're not safe. I don't consider myself safe and on my holidays and the players are the same. Until someone says we're mathematically safe that will be the case. You can't take liberties in this game.

"We had a good start and you thought that was the lift we needed but we didn't deal well with Burnley's threats. We came under pressure, the wind was against us and we didn't deal with it."

In every way the afternoon was a disappointment for Bournemouth; for 14th-placed Burnley it brought a sense of relief.

If their present points tally of 36, with five remaining fixtures, is not enough for them to be considered safe despite being eight clear of the bottom three and on a largely upward trajectory, they can essentially achieve that ambition with victory next week at home to Cardiff.

They fell behind after an early own goal from Ashley Barnes, before finishes from Chris Wood, Ashley Westwood and then Barnes rewarded a fine performance, and their manager Sean Dyche said: "The calmness was key and I was really pleased with that. We've done that better since Christmas."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche steers his side to victory. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
Burnley manager Sean Dyche steers his side to victory. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

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