Game #5346

2015-16

Position:

5th

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Premier League

AFC Bournemouth

Goldsands Stadium

Attendance: 11,155

Saturday, 8 August 2015

*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

Scorer(s) | Rudy Gestede | 72’ |

Assist(s) | Ashley Westwood | 72’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5346

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Tim Sherwood |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Mark Clattenburg, Tyne and Wear |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WLLLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: Simon Beck, Richard West

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mark Clattenburg

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

AFC Bournemouth

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £58.18m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.66 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | 30.93 |

Youngest Player |
LB Jordan Amavi | 21.43 |

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.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
CB Jores Okore
W Carles Gil
FB José Ángel Crespo
M Jack Grealish

Loan | 2 |
RB Aly Cissokho | Porto |
5 Aug 15 - 1 Jan 16 |
F Callum Robinson | Bristol City |
7 Aug 15 - 3 Jan 16 |

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

MANAGER

Tim Sherwood

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Ray Wilkins
Assistant Manager: Kevin MacDonald
Assistant Manager: Mark Robson
Director of Recruitment and Scouting: Paddy Riley
Sporting Director: Hendrik Almstadt

STARTING LINE UP

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Jordan Amavi |
CB Micah Richards |
CB Ciaran Clark |
M Idrissa Gueye |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Jordan Veretout |
M Leandro Bacuna |
W Scott Sinclair |
F Jordan Ayew |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor

SUBSTITUTES

F Rudy Gestede for F Jordan Ayew | 59’ |
M Carlos Sánchez for M Jordan Veretout | 71’ |
F Kieran Richardson for W Scott Sinclair | 78’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn
CB Nathan Baker
M Joe Cole
RB Alan Hutton

THE OPPOSITION

GK Artur Boruc, LB Matt Ritchie, RB Simon Francis, CB Steve Cook, CB Tommy Elphick (ex), LB Charlie Daniels, M Dan Gosling (M Eunan O’Kane), M Andrew Surman, W Marc Pugh (W Max Gradel), CF Callum Wilson, F Joshua King (CF Yann Kermorgant).

Manager: Eddie Howe.
Team Cost: £13.74m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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 £8,100,000 in July 2015.

Midfielder Jordan Veretout made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from FC Nantes for a fee of £9,000,000 in July 2015.

Forward Jordan Ayew made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining from FC Lorient for a fee of £10,800,000 in July 2015.

Left back Jordan Amavi made his Villa debut aged 21 after joining from OGC Nice for a fee of £9,900,000 in July 2015.

Forward Rudy Gestede made his Villa debut aged 26 after joining from Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £7,650,000 in July 2015.

In total Villa fielded £45.5m of new talent which seemed a significant outlay for five players without Premier League experience.

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

Source: avfc.co.uk/news/2015/08/08/report-bournemouth-0-1-villa/

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew
45’+1 Booking, Ciaran Clark
HT AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa
59’ Sub off, Jordan Ayew, Sub on, Rudy Gestede DEBUT
71’ Sub off, Jordan Veretout, Sub on, Carlos Sánchez
72’ Goal, 1-0, Rudy Gestede, Assist by Ashley Westwood
74’ Booking, Leandro Bacuna
75’ Booking, Idrissa Gueye
78’ Sub off, Scott Sinclair, Sub on, Kieran Richardson
90’+2 Booking, Ashley Westwood
FT AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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

“Rudy hasn’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 we’re delighted - and that’s a victory for the people behind the scenes at the club.”

Tim Sherwood, Saturday, 8 August 2015.

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*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."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 8 August 2015

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*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 £6m 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 game’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.

Howe’s side were threatening from the right flank in the opening period but as Gueye and left-back Jordan Amavi grew into the game, Villa’s left-side stiffened up.

They were the most prominent away players on show, with Gueye’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 £7.7m 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.

*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 £6m 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 game’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.

Howe’s side were threatening from the right flank in the opening period but as Gueye and left-back Jordan Amavi grew into the game, Villa’s left-side stiffened up.

They were the most prominent away players on show, with Gueye’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 £7.7m 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.