Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt the 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth was “a game too far” for his players.
The Clarets fell to a late Josh King goal after Sam Vokes’ header, eight minutes from time, looked to have earned a point on the south coast.
Former Claret Junior Stanislas had earlier put the Cherries ahead.
But after securing safety in the past fortnight, with victory at Crystal Palace and a draw at home to WBA, Dyche felt his side were a little flat at the Vitality Stadium.
He said: “It was a little bit flat, especially in the second half. I didn’t think there was too much in it in the first half, although they had more of the ball, without really penetrating.
“In the second half though we were a bit flat. We’ve had some big, important games lately and today we just looked a little bit flat to be honest and maybe it was just a game too many.
“It certainly had the feel. We scored a good goal and could have nicked something from the game, but we’ve conceded two really poor goals, particularly the second one.
“To be fair we have two centre halves (Long and Tarkowski) who are learning and still getting a connection.
“They just got too distant for the second goal, but it’s hard to be too critical of these players because they have taken this club a long way in the last few years, and particularly this season when people gave us no chance.
“They have had some high-pressure situations and we do keep at it and there’s no lack of effort from the players.
“We have done a good job over the season and just didn’t have that edge today but I’m not over-thinking it.”