BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche said he hoped Cherries saved themselves from the Premier League drop.

Dyche, the second-longest serving top-flight boss behind Eddie Howe, was speaking after his side sealed a 3-0 victory over the Dorset club at Turf Moor.

Burnley battled to the 40-point mark in the Premier League to seal 15th place last season. They already have 37 points to sit 10th this campaign.

Asked whether he felt Cherries had enough to stay at England’s elite level, Dyche told the Daily Echo: “I hope so. I like Eddie. I like what he does, I like his groups that he’s had.

“It is a challenge now they are probably in their first real tough spell since they have been in the Premier League, I think. A real long, tough spell.

“We had it ourselves last year. You have to find a way of coming out of it. It’s not an easy task.

“But they’ve still got good players in my opinion. We will see how the season opens up.”

Cherries have picked up 26 points from their opening 27 league fixtures.