Villa see off Bournemouth to move into top half

18 Mar 2023
Aston Villa claim their third win in four Premier League games as they cruise past struggling Bournemouth at Villa Park.
Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: Saturday March 18, 2023Jacob Ramsey scored Aston Villa's second as they saw off Bournemouth at Villa Park

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.

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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.

Player of the match

McGinnJohn McGinn

with an average of 8.02

Aston Villa

Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

Squad number11Player nameWatkins

Squad number2Player nameCash

Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno

Squad number10Player nameBuendía

Squad number5Player nameMings

Squad number4Player nameKonsa

Squad number31Player nameBailey

Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

Squad number9Player nameTraoré

Squad number22Player nameDurán

Squad number16Player nameChambers

Squad number7Player nameBrooks

Squad number13Player nameNeto

Squad number29Player nameBilling

Squad number25Player nameSenesi

Squad number8Player nameLerma

Squad number5Player nameKelly

Squad number11Player nameOuattara

Squad number14Player nameRothwell

Squad number3Player nameStephens

Squad number9Player nameSolanke

Squad number32Player nameAnthony

Squad number15Player nameA Smith

Squad number22Player nameTraorè

Squad number21Player nameMoore

Squad number18Player nameViña

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

1E Martínez2Cash4Konsa5Mings15Moreno Lopera7McGinnBooked at 36minsSubstituted forChambersat 90+1'minutes6Douglas Luiz31BaileySubstituted forTraoréat 65'minutes10BuendíaSubstituted forDuránat 90+1'minutes41J Ramsey11WatkinsSubstitutes3Santos Silva9Traoré16Chambers18Young22Durán25Olsen27Digne38Sinisalo

Formation 4-4-1-1

13Neto15A SmithSubstituted forBrooksat 79'minutes3StephensBooked at 79mins25SenesiBooked at 66mins5Kelly11OuattaraSubstituted forViñaat 90+1'minutes14RothwellSubstituted forTraorèat 59'minutes8LermaBooked at 58mins32AnthonySubstituted forSemenyoat 59'minutes29BillingBooked at 14minsSubstituted forMooreat 90+2'minutes9SolankeSubstitutes1Travers4L Cook6Mepham7Brooks10Christie18Viña21Moore22Traorè24Semenyo

Referee:Robert Jones


Match Stats
Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 3, Bournemouth 0.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 3, Bournemouth 0.

Foul by Bertrand Traoré (Aston Villa).

Hamed Traorè (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jhon Durán (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Matty Cash (Aston Villa).

Matías Viña (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Kieffer Moore replaces Philip Billing.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Matías Viña replaces Dango Ouattara.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jhon Durán replaces Emiliano Buendía.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Calum Chambers replaces John McGinn.

Goal! Aston Villa 3, Bournemouth 0. Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyrone Mings following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Douglas Luiz with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Brooks.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Philip Billing.

Attempt blocked. Bertrand Traoré (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jefferson Lerma.

Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezri Konsa.

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