CLARETS reporter Tyrone Marshall discusses the talking points from Burnley's final day defeat to Bournemouth.


When Burnley took the lead in the first half on Sunday it felt like the fitting finale was on its way.

It’s been such an incredible season that it really deserved to end on a high note, with one more victory to take the Clarets to 57 points.

Unfortunately Burnley couldn’t see it through and it wouldn’t be the win that a packed Turf Moor wanted to end the season with.

It didn’t take the shine off the post-match celebrations, with staff and players soaking up the adulation as the home fans stayed behind to salute their efforts this season.

It was certainly a much improved performance than at Arsenal a week ago, but that lack of ‘edge’ that Sean Dyche spoke about then perhaps manifested itself in a couple of errors against the Cherries, with individual mistakes, highly unusual in this team, allowing Bournemouth to turn the game around in the final quarter.


The defeat means Burnley took seven points fewer at Turf Moor this season than a year ago.

In 2016/17 the Clarets won 10 of their 19 home league fixtures, losing six. But this season there have been only seven wins at home, with seven defeats as well, and having taken 33 points at Turf Moor last season Burnley have taken 26 this term.

The improvement has clearly come on the road. Last year Burnley collected just 17.5 per cent of their points away from home, this season it’s been 51.8 per cent.

The consensus is that the Clarets will find it difficult to improve on this season again next year, but if they can get closer to their home form of 2016/17 then there is still more points to be had.


The lap of honour on Sunday was a chance to say goodbye for Dean Marney and Scott Arfield, as the curtain came down on their wonderful Turf Moor careers.

Both players were first out for the lap of honour and were given a thunderous reception from all four sides of the ground.

But it could have been that a few other Clarets might also have been saying their goodbyes as well?

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Ben Mee, who has just a year to run on his existing deal. The centre back took to social media over the weekend to squash national newspaper reports that he wants £80,000 a week, but as it stands there is no new contract in place and Burnley may have to cash in this summer.

Perhaps we have also seen the end of Tom Heaton’s Clarets career. He will undoubtedly back himself to challenge Nick Pope over the summer, but if it becomes clear that Pope is now the established first choice, will Heaton accept a place on the bench and games in cup competitions? When he has aspirations of a return to the England set-up, that might be unlikely.