Eddie Howe felt Ashley Barnes' challenge on Simon Francis which left the Bournemouth captain with stitches in a head wound was 'not great.'

The Burnley striker caught the home defender with his boot as he attempted to control a ball while Francis had dipped his head.

The home supporters were baying for a red card but referee Martin Atkinson awarded only a free kick and, after several minutes of treatment, Francis was able to carry on, albeit sporting a head bandage.

The early coming together set the tone for a niggly affair littered with fouls and yellow cards but the Clarets found a late winner thanks to substitute Jay Rodriguez.

And Howe, who admitted to feeling frustrated with his own side's deficiencies, also felt Barnes was fortunate to escape punishment.

"I don’t think it was a great challenge," said the Cherries chief.

"I’d need to see it again but my initial view - it was quite close to us - was it wasn’t a great one.

"Franno has gone down to head it, I don’t know what part of Ashley’s hit Simon but it’s one of those things. You have to get on with it in the game.

"Simon got on with it and played pretty well in the match."

And Howe felt the Clarets wanted to make the game scrappy to provide them with the opportunity to put high balls into the box.

"That’s sort of what they (Burnley) try to create, those types of games and there is no criticism there. It was a bitty game, a lot of restarts a lot of stop-start action.

"You always have to look at yourself first and we could have done better."

He added: "There were a lot of free-kicks. I think we were guilty of some needless mistakes in that respect.

“Every free-kick we made was going to go in our box. We then had to defend a long aerial ball, so we will kick ourselves with some indiscipline.

“I think from their side, that’s how they play, that’s what they try to create. We had to try to navigate our way through that better than we did. It’s another lesson learned."