CHERRIES winger Marcus Tavernier felt his side deserved to take something from their final day clash, a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Moises Caicedo’s wondergoal from the half-way line was added to by Raheem Sterling in the second half, a Benoit Badiashile own goal leaving the final scoreline at 2-1.

After making his return from a hamstring injury last time out against Brentford, against Chelsea Tavernier was handed his first start since facing Luton Town at the start of April.

The winger played just under an hour at Stamford Bridge, being replaced by Dango Ouattara.

Despite feeling that his side should have taken something from the game, Tavernier felt his side should be proud of what they have achieved after a “great season”.

Finishing in 12th place in the final Premier League table, Cherries managed to set a new points record for points earned in a single top-flight campaign during Andoni Iraola’s first season in charge.

Cherries’ total of 48 points eclipsed the previous best of 46, set by Eddie Howe’s charges in the 2016/17 season.

And Tavernier believed his side were “unlucky” not to add at least another point to their tally, pointing to late chances missed by Ouattara and Dominic Solanke.        

Asked if he felt Cherries deserved something from the game, Tavernier told the Daily Echo: “100 per cent.

“I thought we could have came away with a draw.

“We were unlucky with the final chances towards the end of the game.

“But overall it's been a great season.

“We made history at the club, which is just something great.

“And that was one of our goals when we set out at the start of the season.

“And everyone's proud of us of what we've achieved, and hopefully we can kick on and continue to break more records at the club next season.”

During the game, and after the final whistle Tavernier could be seen exchanging smiles and embracing Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tavernier revealed that interactions had stemmed from a disagreement in the tunnel, stating that there was no bad blood and everyone left the field with “mutual respect”.

“It was something, just little handbags in the tunnel,” restarted the former Middlesbrough man.

“I was just getting frustrated and things like that.

“There was mutual respect at the end of it.

“It's football, we are all passionate about it.

“And it's good to give handshakes and high fives after the game to make up.

“So nothing too serious.”

In total, Tavernier made 30 Premier League appearances this season, scoring three goals and setting up another three for teammates.