Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt the two challenges that Bournemouth fans viewed as contentious in his side's win at the Vitality Stadium were nothing more than football incidents.

The home fans were baying for red when Ashley Barnes caught Simon Francis in the head with a challenge in the early stages while the Cherries faithful were also unimpressed with James Tarkowski's towering aerial challenge on Ryan Fraser which left the winger with a nose bleed after a nasty landing.

Neither of those incidents was punished with a free kick or a card by referee Martin Atkinson and Dyche felt that was the right call, even if the Clarets chief did suggest that Bournemouth's Philip Billing was lucky to avoid a red card for swinging an arm at Barnes which was reviewed by VAR and deemed okay.

"There was no malice in any of it, Barnesy has clearly gone to control the ball and it was one of those where he is unfortunate I think," said the Turf Moor boss.

"I think their lad maybe gets lucky with the VAR one, he definitely swings his arm around, I am not bothered.

"They used to be spats. The referee would come over and have a word and say 'stop being stupid and cut it out' but now they can't.

"There was a booking for two players having a silly row and just have a word with them, you don't have to book them for that.

"But common sense has been taken away from them (referees) and the powers that be say you have to book them."

Dyche felt there were too many fouls awarded by the officials in the contest for marginal challenges and the Turf boss, who has been a longstanding voice against diving, felt players were going down too easily.

He added: "I am always a bit confused with what the masses want, it would drive me mad, it does now, with people diving all over the place but as a fan I wouldn't want to watch it.

"I don't mind a tackle and a challenge but maybe it is me or society but if you get touched now it is like everyone is dead.

"I find that particular."