BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche was full of praise for the way his players conducted themselves on the south coast as they came from behind to earn a fourth away win of the season at Bournemouth.

The Clarets went behind inside five minutes as Ashley Barnes headed in to his own net before two quickfire first half strikes from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood put them in the lead.

Barnes made sure he scored at the right end to double the lead early in the second half, and Burnley then defended resolutely to kill any hope of a Bournemouth fight back.

"Bournemouth are a tough side. I know they have had a tricky spell, but here at home they are strong and we were ready to take on the challenge," said Dyche.

"They have a good home record here, but for us that's 24 points now from 14 games, which is a very, very good return.

"We still have work to do, but today you saw a group of players who are very motivated, in a very thorough performance.

"You are always looking for the right mixture to win games and since Christmas we've found that.

"You could look right through the team today and the diligent, professional performances were there, along with the organisation.

"They made changes to try and get back into it, but we stayed organised and I was really pleased with the mentality.

"We went one down early, which was unfortunate, but we stayed clear-minded and the players responded with a calmness and did all the things you have to do to win a game."

The win lifted Burnley above Brighton, Southampton and Newcastle into 14th in the Premier League, and most importantly, eight points above the relegation zone.

Dyche, who revealed that Phil Barsdsley missed the game after an accident at the training ground which left the right back with a bad gash on his leg, hailed the mentality that his players showed.

The Clarets boss said: “I think when you’re 1-0 down - a bit unfortunate to be fair - early in the game, and include that, yeah, it’s up there.

“The mentality and calmness was key. I was really pleased with the calmness.

“I think we’ve shown that since Christmas more so, the players have kept to their shape, done all the simple things well, and they’ve done that again.

“We equalised early, which helps, and I think we were asking questions all the way through, particularly the first half.

“We go in front, and I think they missed a big chance with Wilson, but didn’t create that much really after that until at the death.

"We did, we were probing and asking questions, and I think when you add it all together, and the professional diligence to see the game through, it’s not too many questions asked.

"I’m really pleased, because they’re a good side, you know what a fan I am of Eddie and what he does here.

"I think they’ve only lost four here all season, I know they’re on an up and down run, but we know it’s a tough place to come, but we know the form we’re in, the clarity of how our players are playing, and that’s really pleasing.”