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Game #5303

Aston Villa

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Won

5th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 11,155

AFC Bournemouth

Goldsands Stadium

*Spoiler Alert* Villa suffer their worst ever season (bearing in mind they employed Paul Lambert that is going some). Read on only if you do not suffer from a nervous disposition.

Villa open the season with three surprises, Tim Sherwood remains in post, a team of unknowns and unwanteds line up at the Goldsands and Villa leave with three points.

That however would be as good as the season got. Skip to 2016-17 by all means.

AFC Bournemouth

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Ashley Westwood | 72โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Rudy Gestede celebrates his debut winner at the Goldsands as Tim Sherwood opens 2015-16 with a victory, Saturday, 8 August 2015.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 8 August 2015

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™+1 Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐Ÿ•’ | HT AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 59โ€™ Sub off, Jordan Ayew, Sub on, Rudy Gestede ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Jordan Veretout, Sub on, Carlos Sรกnchez
โšฝ | 72โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Rudy Gestede, Assist by Ashley Westwood
๐ŸŸจ | 74โ€™ Booking, Leandro Bacuna
๐ŸŸจ | 75โ€™ Booking, Idrissa Gueye
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Scott Sinclair, Sub on, Kieran Richardson
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+2 Booking, Ashley Westwood
๐Ÿ•’ | FT AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa started a campaign without Paul Lambert at the helm for the first time in four seasons and for that alone goodwill abounded on the eve of the season.

Yet nagging doubts remained as Tim Sherwood was kept on and his squad was now littered with a raft of unknowns, new to the Premier League and often new to English football.

Whilst it subsequently transpired that Sherwood had little input in the transfers, it felt a huge ask to expect acclimatisation and performance to be delivered in short order.

That the problem goalkeeping position remained unaddressed further heightened the concern but despite the misgivings of many, and the patchy, though ultimately successful 16 game managerial cameo from Sherwood, he was backed to the hilt by the support to deliver despite a sense that the odds and form were against him from the start.

Meanwhile the match saw six debuts:

Centre back Micah Richards made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Manchester City on a free transfer in July 2015 following an injury ravaged spell.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye made his Villa debut aged 25 after joining from LOSC Lille for a fee of ยฃ8,100,000 in July 2015.

Midfielder Jordan Veretout made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from FC Nantes for a fee of ยฃ9,000,000 in July 2015.

Forward Jordan Ayew made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining from FC Lorient for a fee of ยฃ10,800,000 in July 2015.

Left back Jordan Amavi made his Villa debut aged 21 after joining from OGC Nice for a fee of ยฃ9,900,000 in July 2015.

Forward Rudy Gestede made his Villa debut aged 26 after joining from Blackburn Rovers for a fee of ยฃ7,650,000 in July 2015.

In total Villa fielded ยฃ45.5m of new talent which seemed a significant outlay for five players without Premier League experience.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

AFC Bournemouth

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

AFC Bournemouth

Previous 5 vs. Bournemouth: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2015-16 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #17 |
Saturday, 8 August 2015

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Borehamwood, 2015
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 17 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 8 ๐ŸŸจ | 1 ๐ŸŸฅ 8 | 1.47

Career Form:

Top 8

Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 2 May 15, Villa 3-2 Everton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Beck, Richard West

Cards:

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

AFC Bournemouth

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mark Clattenburg

TEAM NEWS

Tim Sherwood hands debuts to Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew while Brad Guzan is once more Villa's nominated #1.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 25.66 |
Oldest Player: GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.93 |
Youngest Player: LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 21.43 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Eddie Howe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Idrissa Gueye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸข | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Jordan Veretout | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸข | ๐Ÿ” |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Scott Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐ŸŸข | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

AFC Bournemouth

GK Artur Boruc | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Matt Ritchie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Charlie Daniels | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Cook | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Simon Francis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dan Gosling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Andrew Surman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Callum Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Joshua King | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ | ๐ŸŸข | โšฝ | for F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | 59โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for M Jordan Veretout | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Scott Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Yann Kermorgant | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for F Joshua King | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 53โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Max Gradel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | for W Marc Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Eunan O'Kane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Dan Gosling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 84โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Adam Federici | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Sylvain Distin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Adam Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ45.36m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ13.73m
Team Cost: ยฃ59.09m
Squad Cost: ยฃ63.14m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ0.90m |
GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ9.90m |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.68m |

CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Jordan Veretout | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ9.00m |
M Idrissa Gueye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ยฃ8.10m |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ5.40m |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.25m |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ1.26m |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

W Scott Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.15m |

F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ10.80m |
CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ | ยฃ7.65m |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ4.64m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ8.55m
Team Cost: ยฃ13.19m
Squad Cost: ยฃ22.83m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/18
Homegrown: โญ•/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Artur Boruc | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
GK Adam Federici | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Free |

LB Matt Ritchie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.40m |
LB Charlie Daniels | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.19m |
RB Simon Francis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Adam Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ9.64m |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.21m |
CB Steve Cook | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.14m |
CB Sylvain Distin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

M Andrew Surman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.54m |
M Dan Gosling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Eunan O'Kane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |

W Max Gradel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ8.55m |
W Marc Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CF Callum Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.16m |
F Joshua King | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | Free |
CF Yann Kermorgant | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
FB Josรฉ รngel Crespo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 2 |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Porto
F Callum Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Bristol City

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

โ€‹

Match Symbols:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
๐ŸŸข CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐ŸŸข M Idrissa Gueye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
๐ŸŸข M Jordan Veretout | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
๐ŸŸข F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
๐ŸŸข CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 42%
Possession A | 58%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 13

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€I thought we were slow in the first period but we set out to nullify them and try to quieten this carnival atmosphere.

โ€œRudy hasnโ€™t trained an awful lot, but we knew he would give us a different dimension. We worked very hard to bring him to this football club so weโ€™re delighted - and thatโ€™s a victory for the people behind the scenes at the club.โ€

Tim Sherwood, Saturday, 8 August 2015.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 8 August 2015

*Substitute Rudy Gestede scored on his first competitive Aston Villa outing as Bournemouth were left to rue missed chances on their Premier League debut.*

Gestede, signed for ยฃ6m from Blackburn, powered in a header 13 minutes after replacing fellow new boy Jordan Ayew.

In front of a packed and excited home crowd, Dan Gosling fired over from 12 yards, and Callum Wilson and Marc Pugh saw shots saved before the break.

They were costly misses as Villa struck and comfortably defended the lead.

Having come close to extinction as a club twice in their recent history, some Bournemouth fans will claim their side have seen more important days but there was tangible excitement at the Vitality Stadium as the club tasted Premier League football for the first time.

Their tiny ground should have erupted in the opening period, most notably when Pugh wasted a glorious chance on the stroke of half-time.

The winger smashed an effort into the ground from 12 yards, allowing Brad Guzan to save at a time which would have posed a lacklustre Villa serious questions.

Instead, it is Eddie Howe left searching for answers. But the confidence with which his side played will give him encouragement - they held 58% of possession - ahead their next game at Anfield.

More threat in the final third may be a desire, but the introduction of summer signing Max Gradel from the bench shows options are available.

*Sherwood gets it right*

Tim Sherwood gave debuts to six summer signings as he embarks on his first full campaign in charge of a team.

Perhaps his half-time words were behind the improvement as his side re-emerged quicker into the tackle and more threatening - notably when debutant Idrissa Gueye drew a fine save from Artur Boruc.

Sherwood has sought a presence up front to replace the 42 goals Christian Benteke contributed in his 89 league games, and in 6ft 4in Gestede, he has a player who contributed defensively from set pieces late on having already delivered the gameโ€™s telling moment.

This was far from a free-flowing, transformed Villa, but they stuck to their task doggedly and maybe things are turning as a goal from a substitute was a luxury which did not arrive once last season but took just 72 minutes in this campaign.

Villa must improve on consecutive finishes of 16th, 15th, 15th and 17th if Sherwood is to back up his early promise as a manager but in making decisions at key times, he showed terrific instincts on the opening day.

With half a dozen players new to the league - including the disappointing Jordan Ayew - it was perhaps understandable Villa felt their way into the fixture.

Howeโ€™s side were threatening from the right flank in the opening period but as Gueye and left-back Jordan Amavi grew into the game, Villaโ€™s left-side stiffened up.

They were the most prominent away players on show, with Gueyeโ€™s 74 touches only bettered by Amavi on 76 as the French full-back tackled ferociously and positioned himself well to ensure Villa won the battle down that key flank.

*Man of the match*

Brought in at a reported ยฃ7.7m from Nice, *Jordan Amavi* should answer plenty of questions at left-back where Villa have tried out the likes of Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho in recent times.

At just 21, the France Under-21s international looked comfortable in the English game and prioritised his defensive duties over surging forward, winning 10 of his 15 duels.