Johann Berg Gudmundsson was frustrated not to reward the Clarets’ travelling fans for another outstanding show of support as Josh King’s late goal snatched away a point at the Vitality Stadium.
Gudmundsson looked like he would send the 1,000-plus Burnley supporters home from Bournemouth happy after laying on a Sam Vokes’ equaliser with a peach of a cross after 83 minutes.
But King’s strike two minutes later gave Eddie Howe’s Cherries a 2-1 victory which means the Clarets’ loyal foot soldiers – who gave non-stop backing in a party-type mood in the south-coast sunshine – will end the season having seen only one away league win.
“The fans were great today. They have been unbelievable supporting us across the country and it would have been great to get a point, but it hasn’t happened,” said Gudmundsson after coming off the bench to spark Burnley’s attempted fight-back.
“It would have been great but that’s the nature of football. You can’t switch off for one minute as we did.
“It was a great header from Vokesy. He’s been great in the last few games but football is a tough sport and they punished us. We should have kept it 1-1.
“We didn’t play well enough so when you get that goal we should keep hold of that that. We didn’t, so it was a tough thing to take.”
After giving everything to ensure Premier League safety by reaching 40 points last weekend, the Clarets seemingly ran out of steam against a Bournemouth side which is now guaranteed their highest ever league finish after a goal from ex-Claret Junior Stanislas set them on the way to a ninth home win.
However, Burnley could still secure a place in the top 12 – depending on other results – by signing off with a win over West Ham at Turf Moor next Sunday.
And wideman Gudmundsson is hoping for a big finish before looking forward to next season after an injury-hit first campaign at Turf Moor.
“We have been unbelievable at home. The fans have been great at home as well and we want to finish off with a great performance and hopefully get the three points,” added the Iceland international.
“I can’t wait for next season. Injuries haven’t helped me this season. I’ve been away for way too long.
“Next season I want to stay fit and as I have shown when I have played, I can definitely help the team.”