AFC BOURNEMOUTH head coach Andoni Iraola believes his charges “left everything” in search of a top 10 finish away at Chelsea despite Cherries’ 2-1 loss in London.

Cherries’ season ended in defeat at Stamford Bridge, Moises Caicedo’s screamer from the half-way line added to by Raheem Sterling before a Benoit Badiashile own goal halved the deficit.

Despite having mass pressure on the Chelsea goal, Cherries were unable to find an equaliser, their 22 shots for naught in the capital.

After achieving a new club record of points in a Premier League season, Cherries had aimed to finish the campaign inside the top 10.

But the loss at Chelsea, combined with a win for Crystal Palace, saw Cherries drop to 12th at the end of the campaign, with one point separating the side from a first top 10 finish since the 2016/17 season.

Speaking after the game, Iraola told the Daily Echo: “Obviously we wanted to finish in the top 10.

“We had the chance (against Chelsea), even the other day against Brentford.

“I think Palace has one more point than us, we are tied with Brighton and even if you score the last chance, you get one more position.

“We wanted to finish top 10, but overall I think it doesn’t change a lot.

“For sure the money and these things, but the perception of how we finished, I will not change it because of this detail.”

Cherries finished the game in the capital with six more shots than their hosts, as well as a noticeably higher expected goals (xG) than Chelsea, their total of 2.22 nearly double the home side’s 1.14

Asked if he was pleased with his side’s performance, Iraola continued: “Yes, especially (against Chelsea), but even the other day (against Brentford), we tried to push and win the game and in the end you lose it in the last minute.

“But we’ve been trying to push and (against Chelsea) it was very hot.

“You could see both teams finished really tired and everyone was pushing a lot.

“I think we had 20-something shots, against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge, the last game of the season.

“I think we have to value their attitude. Probably we can improve a lot of things.

“We need to be sharper and more clinical. But attitude wise, I think they left everything.”

Cherries finished the 2023/24 campaign with 48 points from 38 games, winning 13 matches.