Eddie Howe says Chelsea’s quality on the counter attack was the difference after watching his Bournemouth side defeated 4-1 at Dean Court.
Bournemouth carried plenty of threat of their own, and went in at the break just a goal down after Tommy Elphick’s first half goal, but an Eden Hazard double and strikes from Pedro and Willian proved too much for the Cherries to overcome.
However, Howe was reluctant to criticise his players, insisting instead that Chelsea’s quality must be applauded.
“It was an even game, certainly for the first half I thought we were terrific – the difference between the sides was how they finished their goals,” Howe told BBC Sport.
“We created a number of chances but didn’t have their clinical edge. Second half, they were better and I thought their attitude to the game was spot on, that’s why it ended up being such a high quality game.
“They counter attack very well and caused us problems. We looked dangerous, but the speed of the counter attacking and the quality they showed was very high.
“The beauty of our run-in, which is so tough on paper, is that we’re learning all the time. We’re still finding our feet at this level, they’ve been harsh lessons for us but hopefully we’ll come out of it a better team.”