BOSS Eddie Howe admitted Cherries “didn’t create anywhere near enough” during their tame 1-0 home defeat to Burnley.

Jay Rodriguez, who played 63 times and scored 30 goals under Howe with the Clarets, came back to haunt his former manager with an 89th-minute winner.

Cherries failed to register a shot on target against Sean Dyche’s side throughout the contest at Vitality Stadium.

Howe said: “My biggest disappointment probably is how we played with the ball, especially in the first half.

“We weren’t fluid, too many negative passes, not enough risks taken with the ball.

“We didn’t create anywhere near enough being the home team.

“It was a very, very scrappy game.”

Defeat leaves Cherries 14th in the table – four points above the relegation zone.

Asked whether his side played into Burnley’s hands, Howe replied: “I think that’s always how these games go against Burnley.

“That’s in part how they play and they are very good at what they do. There is no criticism there, they are very good, very strong.

“But it’s more when we had the ball we had to do more.

“We were much-improved in the second half, had a lot of ball, we just didn’t do enough with it.

“We didn’t open them up enough, we didn’t ask enough questions of their defenders. Ultimately that’s cost us the game.”