Date: 17th August 2019 at 5:03pm
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Aston Villa
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Villa Park

Premier League

17/08/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 40996

Referee: Atkinson

Aston Villa Bournemouth
Luiz (71) King (pen 2), Wilson (12)
Heaton Ramsdale
Elmohamady A Smith
Engels S Cook
Mings Ake
Taylor Daniels
McGinn Wilson 76
Luiz Lerma
Grealish Billing
Trezeguet 87 Fraser
Wesley King
El Ghazi 75 Wilson


Lansbury Boruc
Steer Surman 45
Hourihane Solanke 76
Konsa Ibe
Targett Stacey
Jota 75 Rico
Davis 87 Mepham

Game Statistics

22 Goal attempts 12
7 On Target 4
10 Corners 5
10 Fouls 13
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
63 % 37

With positives and negatives coming from Aston Villa’s Premier League return against Tottenham Hotspur, the history books will simply show a 3-1 defeat. Today’s clash at Villa Park against Bournemouth was a good opportunity to bounce back and register our first three points of the year.

It wasn’t going to be easy though, we are still adjusting and Eddie Howe’s side have shown they can cope at this level – but there was every reason for optimism.

Maybe not after the opening 12 minutes though as we were 2-0 down after a second minute penalty and the visitors had added a second. Again, it was the small margins and our lack of a clinical edge really though, as we dominated the ball and had the far greater chances, and overall there was a significant improvement on our Spurs showing.

But too many players not up to speed yet, it hasn’t quite clicked (although I’m not sure how many thought it would two games in?) and we were wasteful.

Wesley was much better though, Douglas Luiz showed his worth with his performance and goal but we need that bit more. A decent referee may have made a difference as well, call it luck if you want, but that could’ve been a 4-2 win as opposed to a 2-1 loss.

The only question is, will another week in training make it click?

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