THE Clarets couldn’t end a season of remarkable highs on a winning note, but the Turf Moor faithful weren’t going to let that spoil the party.

It has been an incredible season for Burnley, with Sean Dyche’s men wrapping up a top-seven finish and European football. For a while it looked like ending with a perfect finale thanks to Chris Wood’s fortunate opener, but Josh King levelled and Callum Wilson struck a cruel winner deep in added time.

Dyche had spoken of his desire in the week to see his side end on a high, especially after last week’s thrashing at Arsenal, but while there will be frustration at failing to do so, it is a footnote in a season that has created a new chapter in the Turf Moor history books.

A sell-out crowd had come to celebrate, but there were farewells to be said as well. While the Clarets can look forward to Europe next season, for two of the stalwarts of the Dyche era it was time to say goodbye.

Dean Marney and Scott Arfield opted not to be involved against Bournemouth having been given the option by Dyche, but they were serenaded by the Turf Moor faithful during the game and joined the squad for the lap of honour to cap a wonderful season.

Both Marney and Arfield have played their part in driving Burnley forward, from the Championship side they joined in 2010 and 2013 respectively to the seventh best team in the country and the Europa League.

But while there was a tinge of sadness at seeing their Turf Moor careers come to an end, it was mixed with excitement at what comes next for Burnley.

Marney hasn’t played for the Clarets since January 2017 and Arfield hasn’t been involved since February. They have been crucial in dragging Burnley to the Premier League, with contributions that won’t be forgotten, but now the Clarets are moving on, progressing from cut-price deals for Marney and free transfers like Arfield to attracting players with years of Premier League experience, such as Jack Cork and Aaron Lennon.

But it was one of Dyche’s bargain buys that proved crucial for the Clarets in the early stages. Nick Pope won two more player of the year awards on Monday night and showed his value in making a fine one-handed save to deny Lys Mousset from 12 yards after Jordon Ibe had cut the ball back from the right.

Pope was called into action again midway through the half, pushing away a fierce angled drive from Charlie Daniels.

Gradually the Clarets began to take control as the half wore on. Wood was grateful to see the offside flag up after somehow scooping Lennon’s low cross over an open goal from three yards out.

But the striker made sure he would end the campaign as top scorer in fortuitous circumstances. The build-up play was excellent, with Jeff Hendrick finding Stephen Ward in space on the left, his low cross was met by Ashley Westwood but the shot was going wide until it struck Wood and deflected over Asmir Begovic.

Hendrick came close to doubling the advantage early in the second half, with Wood teeing him up 12 yards out from goal but his left-footed half-volley was straight at Begovic.

Burnley couldn’t find a second and they were made to pay.

It was a Burnley mistake that handed Bournemouth an equaliser. Pope did brilliantly to save Jermain Defoe’s close range effort, but Lowton gave the ball back to the Cherries and Josh King found space on the left side of the area to curl home.

It was another error that allowed the Cherries to grab their late, late winner. Kevin Long was in no danger when in possession 40 yards from goal, but as he turned back he lost his footing and saw Defoe steal the ball away and he played in Callum Wilson who slid the ball under Pope.