SHEFFIELD United boss Slavisa Jokanovic believes his side played "better than Bournemouth" during Saturday's contest at Vitality Stadium.

A penalty from Dominic Solanke and a Philip Billing strike earned Cherries a 2-1 victory, cancelling out Morgan Gibbs-White's opener.

Oli McBurnie and former Cherries striker Lys Mousset were both introduced as substitutes to chase the game and both went agonisingly close to grabbing an equaliser.

All three goals came in the second half in wet and windy conditions on the south coast, and Jokanovic feels his side deserved something from the game.

Discussing the defeat, Jokanovic said: "Both teams were working really hard. It was a quick pitch.

"We didn’t connect a lot in the middle, the same as Bournemouth, they tried to interchange a few passes and look behind us, we tried the same.

"They pressed us very well in the first 45 minutes. We had the problem with the build-up. They had the same problem with the build-up because we pressed them too.

"In the end, there were a few chances for us, a few from then.

"The second 45 minutes was a better game. A lot of energy, we scored the goal, they scored goals too.

"In the end, my team, in my opinion played still better than Bournemouth.

"We played against one of the best teams in the Championship. Unfortunately we didn’t score the equaliser and we lost the game."