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Game #5658

Aston Villa

Won

10th (+1)

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩

Saturday, 18 March 2023

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,021

Aston Villa

3-0

AFC Bournemouth

Assist(s) | Leon Bailey | 7’ | Ollie Watkins | 80' | Tyrone Mings | 89' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa make it three wins in four unbeaten games as another thuggish side is swept aside at Villa Park. Villa climb to 10th in the table.

KEY MAN

Jacob Ramsey, so easily Douglas Luiz, but Jacob, 21, for finally recovering from his travails under the incompetent former manager.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 18 March 2023

⚽ | 7’ Goal, 1-0, Douglas Luiz, Assist by Leon Bailey
🟨 | 36’ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
💥 | 40’ VAR fails to award a penalty to Villa for handball in the box
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
🔁 | 65’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
💥 | 69’ VAR fails to award a penalty to Villa for handball in the box
⚽ | 80’ Goal, 2-0, Jacob Ramsey, Assist by Ollie Watkins
⚽ | 89’ Goal, 3-0, Emiliano Buendía, Assist by Tyrone Mings
🔁 | 90’+1 Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Calum Chambers
🔁 | 90’+1 Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Jhon Durán
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 3-0 AFC Bournemouth

ON THIS DAY

Villa are aiming to beat their latest bogey side - four successive defeats in the top flight - in a match refereed by an official under whose whistle Villa have never won in the top flight, losing all eight.

Villa’s squad though, has serious experience of playing for this great club, the starting XI contains 6 players with more than 100 appearances: John McGinn (172), Tyrone Mings (154), Douglas Luiz (140), Ezri Konsa (127), Ollie Watkins (105) and Emiliano Martínez (101). Matty Cash is in the 90’s (93) whilst Jacob Ramsey - still only 21 - is on 90 appearances for the mighty Villa.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

AFC Bournemouth

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

AFC Bournemouth

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Game | #27 |
Manager Game | #16 |
Saturday, 18 March 2023
Attendance | 41,021 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Robert Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2016-
Kick off: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: 🟩 1-0
Full Time Result: 🟩 Won
Full Time Score: 🟩 3-0
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 16 | 🟩 | 8 🟨 | 2 🟥 6 | 1.56

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Robert Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2016- 🆘
Matches Officiated: 11
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 8
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 12 Feb 23, Villa 1-3 Abu Dhabi (a)
Incidents: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Tim Robinson.
VAR: Stuart Attwell.
Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

Villa have never won a top-flight or Cup match refereed by Robert Jones, losing all eight.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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AFC Bournemouth

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TEAM NEWS

Unai Emery names the same starting XI and squad that drew with West Ham last time and once again names only 6 outfield substitutes.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.89 |
Bench Average Age: | 28.31 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.60 |
Subs Average Age: | 25.00 |
Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | 30.56 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.82 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.72 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 19.28 |
Oldest Substitute: CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 28.18 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 19.28 |

MANAGER

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | ⚽ |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🔥 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Gary O’Neil | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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AFC Bournemouth

GK Neto | 🇧🇷 |
RB Adam Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Jack Stephens | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Marcos Senesi | 🇦🇷 | 🟨 |
CB Lloyd Kelly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Joe Rothwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Jefferson Lerma | 🇨🇴 | 🟨 |
M Phillip Billing | 🇩🇰 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Dango Ouattara | 🇧🇫 | 🔁 |
W Jaidon Anthony | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Dominic Solanke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | for W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 65’ |
🔁 | CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 90’+1 |
🔁 | CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | for W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 90’+1 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Hamed Junior Traorè | 🇨🇮 | for M Joe Rothwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 59’ |
🔁 | CF Antoine Semenyo | 🇬🇭 | for W Jaidon Anthony | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 59’ |
🔁 | W David Brooks | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | for RB Adam Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 79’ |
🔁 | LB Matías Viña | 🇺🇾 | for W Dango Ouattara | 🇧🇫 | 89’ |
🔁 | CF Kiefer Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | for M Phillip Billing | 🇩🇰 | 89’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Mark Travers | 🇮🇪 |
CB Chris Mepham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Ryan Christie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Lewis Cook | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £185.75m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £31.21m
Team Cost: £216.96m
Squad Cost: £275.01m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/20
Homegrown: 2/20

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £105.72m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: ⭕/11
Subs Cost: £9.00m
Team Cost: £128.50m
Squad Cost: £149.41m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/20
Homegrown: ⭕/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.15m |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Free |

LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | £27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 | £14.18m |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | £12.00m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | £27.90m |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |

W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | £16.56m |

CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | £14.65m |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Mark Travers | 🇮🇪 | Free |
GK Neto | 🇧🇷 | Free |

RB Adam Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
LB Matías Viña | 🇺🇾 | Loan |

CB Lloyd Kelly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £13.32m |
CB Marcos Senesi | 🇦🇷 | £13.27m |
CB Chris Mepham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £12.00m |
CB Jack Stephens | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |

M Jefferson Lerma | 🇨🇴 | £25.20m |
M Phillip Billing | 🇩🇰 | £14.85m |
M Lewis Cook | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £6.30m |
M Ryan Christie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.61m |
M Joe Rothwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
M Hamed Junior Traorè | 🇨🇮 | Loan |

W Dango Ouattara | 🇧🇫 | £20.00m |
W David Brooks | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £10.00m |
W Jaidon Anthony | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CF Dominic Solanke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £19.08m |
CF Antoine Semenyo | 🇬🇭 | £9.00m |
CF Kiefer Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £3.78m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 4 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Achilles
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | Muscle
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | Domestic Accident
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Ankle

Unregistered | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Out On Loan | 12 |
M Finn Azaz | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Plymouth
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Salford City
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | Luton Town
CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 | Bristol Rovers

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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


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

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 56%
Possession A | 44%
Shots F | 20
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 13

MATCH QUOTES

“It will be the same [against Bournemouth]. We have 16 players and three goalkeepers, two on the bench. We have six on the bench. It’s enough. “We have now three players injured; Dendoncker, Coutinho, Kamara, and Carlos is coming back. He will play progressively. At the beginning he will train with the team. “It’s enough but, of course, the idea is progressively, in one year, when we are starting to play Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup and, of course, hopefully in the future, Europe, we have to take more players in the squad for some circumstances during the year. But not during this moment, not yet. “I don’t have regrets. No, not really because we were very, very clear inside. We only added players thinking to improve the squad or the team but not being in a hurry to do something, rather than really adding someone who will not improve the squad like I want. “We had three players (Moreno, Duran, Traore) in January and I am happy. There was a different situation with each one. The best quality was to respect the players we have now and give them the opportunity to improve and show his progress in the squad. “We finished the two cups and we weren’t playing in Europe and we only had the Premier League. It’s enough for what we have.” Unai Emery pre match. “After the matches we lost to Arsenal and Leicester, the reaction has been fantastic. Today is maybe the best 90 minutes we played here since I arrived. We conceded some chances to them, but I think it is normal because they are in a good moment. “Three points. Clean sheet. Some individual performances adding and going up. We are progressively improving with the style and the idea; trying to keep good ball possession and controlling the game with good positioning on the pitch. “Also trying to be passionate with our idea. Of course, being competitive. That’s the way that we can’t lose - to be competitive in each match. To adapt to our rivals and to impose our ideas.” “I’m happy today and I want to share it with the players and supporters. ”He [Jacob Ramsey] is young, improving; He’s from Birmingham, the academy. I think potentially he is a strong player in our squad who can progress a lot. “He made a very good step ahead; taking confidence, scoring his goal and trying to use his characteristic in the position we are putting him; driving, driving, breaking the lines defensively. I think he did that but in the last matches we have played he didn’t get his performances completely happy. Today he did it. “He is here and involved at Aston Villa. He has the potential to learn some things and understand tactically what we want. Today he played the best match since I’m here. “Today I am very happy with Douglas Luiz. His skill, characteristic in the squad is very important. “Every match he is very focused on how we can manage 90 minutes keeping ball possession, keeping good positioning, taking our time with our central midfielder and his characteristic is necessary in this team. Today was the match, I think, overall with the performances, was the best with us since I arrived here. “His improvement is to be strong in the structure I am creating. Offensively, strong structure trying to occupy good spaces, trying to take passion to get the ball to them. “Don’t lose this structure offensively then, when we have to react defensively as well, he’s in very good positions to start pressing against them. Of course, sometimes we can have more possession of the ball, sometimes less. “The idea is to try and keep ball possession for a long time. If we are not doing it, we have to keep our structure defensively strong. We’re being very competitive starting in our structure. Away from home we’re showing it. At home, there’s not the balance I want. “Maybe the last 10 minutes was when we connected with our supporters. Really, we were feeling very good on the pitch and that is maybe the moment where we enjoyed it more with the supporters. “After the second goal maybe it’s easier because we were thinking that the three points were for us. We have to connect with the supporters in the 90 minutes to be passionate. Sometimes, when the opponent is pushing us and creating chances. We have to be strong. If football was easy, our work is not important. “My challenge here is to improve. To get our objective to be ambitious and impose our style, being strong. We have to do it one way with passion, take our time, help the players and practice a lot. That is the work we have got. “When I analyse the team before I arrive here the supporters were always with the team. They were always with the team, pushing and being excited. Sometimes winning and sometimes losing. Here, the atmosphere here was amazing and it’s amazing now. “We have to connect with them and be responsible on the pitch before we are working and we have to be strong. We have to work and be totally focused with our job; individually and collectively. “Then, the supporters have to be with us. That is the connection. The connection is not only one connection being here; it’s doing something and doing our work. The connection is always: I want that connection to be in this way. “When I played in the first match I connected with the supporters here against Manchester United. It was different. “Progressively, I think, we have to add here as well our experiences we had in our career. We have some players here with big experiences in football; Ashley Young for example, winners and winners in Europe as well. We have to use the experiences and create a new way here. Being consistent in our work… being consistent in our ideas. “Sometimes we will lose; I remember against Leicester and Arsenal and Liverpool and we conceded a lot of goals. We didn’t play those matches how I wanted. We have to create our strong structure. In the future, I want to lose less and win more. “Today, I am happy with one thing: maybe we can feel completely safe from the bottom teams. That is the first. When I arrived here we were struggling more at the bottom. “Now we can add a new objective and step: to get at the teams in the top 10 now. They have an advantage over us and we have to fight starting behind them. “But we are going to play here against Fulham, at Brentford and in Chelsea in the next match. It’s going to be very difficult. But we’ll try to add a new target in our minds. “It’s very important. It’s the first time since I have been here that both [Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens] have been here. “Nassef has come to other matches we’ve played but I appreciate their visit a lot. The players are the same. “It’s good to be together here sometimes. Today is a very good day because they watched our victory here and enjoyed it with the team. “They are the owners, we are the professional coaches and players and we have to be together. “The supporters here are really the owners of the club. They’re the owners of the club, really, the supporters. “Nassef and Edens as well are here respecting our supporters. We have to be together to do something and, at the beginning, it’s to do good work and to enjoy in our way.” Unai Emery. “We controlled the game in the first half. I needed that goal for the confidence but the most important thing is the three points. “It is different under this boss; my role is to get forward, create chances and get goals and assists. I did that today. “Me and Ollie Watkins have been working on the training ground. Everyone has had to adapt to the new gaffer’s style; under Steven Gerrard I was playing deeper and now I’m higher up. I need to improve but I’m enjoying it. “Where the club wants to go, we need a strong finish. We need to improve our home form. “Every time I’ve played for Villa the atmosphere has been very good. Everyone’s got to adapt to a new playing style. Today they did that and got behind us.” Jacob Ramsey. “Three points, clean sheet, assist, no composure in front of goal.” Tyrone Mings.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 18 March 2023

**Aston Villa claimed their third win in four Premier League games as they cruised past struggling Bournemouth at Villa Park.** Douglas Luiz was picked out by Leon Bailey and swept home from close range early on, before Jacob Ramsey jinked past Jack Stephens to make sure of three points. Villa added a third when Emi Buendia headed in from a yard out after Tyrone Mings flicked on Luiz’s corner. While Unai Emery’s side moved into the top half, for a few hours at least, Bournemouth remain in the bottom three after being brought back down to earth following their win over Liverpool last weekend. Villa were on top from the start and, after Luiz put them in front, they had numerous chances to extend the lead. Ollie Watkins had the best of the opportunities when he was put through by Buendia, only for his dinked effort to be kept out by Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto. The hosts might also have had a penalty six minutes before the break when Ramsey’s goalbound shot was deflected over the bar by the hand of Stephens, but the video assistant referee turned down Villa’s appeals. Bournemouth’s limited threat came through the pace of their front three. However, Dominic Solanke, now without a goal in 10 league matches, lacked conviction when clean through and his hesitation allowed Mings to get back and make the block. Defeat left Gary O’Neil’s side a point from safety, but there was a major highlight as David Brooks came on to make his first appearance since being diagnosed with cancer in 2021 - 534 days since his last game. Villa continue to make progress under Emery When Emery took charge in October, Villa were below Bournemouth in the table. Victory on Saturday means they are now 14 points ahead of them and they looked the superior side throughout. Even before going in front, Villa looked to have the measure of Bournemouth, with Buendia, flanked by Ramsey and Bailey, finding space between midfield and defence and looking to feed Watkins. After the goal, VIlla eased off and allowed Bournemouth back into it, but a couple of scares midway through the half shook them out of their slumber and by the break they were in the ascendancy once more. Chances were more scarce early in the second period, but Villa always maintained control of the game as Luiz and John McGinn patrolled the middle of the park, and the hosts always looked the more likely to find the game’s second goal. Ramsey eventually provided it and Villa were able to express themselves for the final 10 minutes, creating chances at will as Watkins came close again and Mings spurned a glorious chance, shooting straight at Neto from seven yards out having been left all alone at the far post. With 11 games to go and only four points separating sixth and 11th in the table, Villa have the chance to make it an exciting end to the season and push for an unlikely European spot. Blunt Bournemouth struggle again on road After the high of toppling Liverpool a week ago, it was back to reality for Bournemouth as they succumbed to a ninth defeat in 10 away games in all competitions. The manner in which Villa were able to cut through them will be a concern for O’Neil and the Cherries have now kept only one clean sheet in 24 league away games. Bournemouth’s best spell came after the opening goal as they managed to get players close to Buendia and frustrate the Villa creator. However, Villa adjusted, Bournemouth did not and the Argentine was soon collecting the ball in vast areas of space again - and if it was not him, then it was Bailey, Ramsey or left-back Alex Moreno exposing the gaps. Just as concerning was the lack of threat at the other end. Against Liverpool and Arsenal, Bournemouth were always dangerous on the break. They were again here but, with Villa also at their best on the counter, such chances were harder to come by, especially after going behind so early. Tasked with trying to break down a set Villa backline, Bournemouth rarely troubled Emi Martinez in the home goal as they suffered another disappointing day on the road.

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