Aston Villa extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games by beating Bournemouth 3-0 at Villa Park, which remains mired in relegation trouble.
Unai Emery’s side set the tone from the start when Douglas Luiz scored after seven minutes. But Bournemouth reacted well, giving Aston Villa an equal test for much of the game.
They came closest just after the hour when Emiliano Martínez made an excellent dive save to avoid Philip Billing’s thunderous free-kick.
But perhaps his brightest moment in the game was David Brooks’ return to competitive action after his battle with cancer. Nearly a year after announcing he was cancer-free in May 2022, he came on for Jack Stephens in the 79th minute in his first appearance in 18 months.
But Bournemouth capitulated in the last 15 minutes of the match as Aston Villa scored twice more. Dogged play from Jacob Ramsey (80) saw him score the hosts’ second, before Emi Buendía (89) finished things off with her fifth goal of the season.
Watch Aston Villa move past Chelsea and into tenth place, ahead of the Blues’ game against Everton on Saturday night, live on sky sports. Bournemouth were unable to capitalize on their win against Liverpool last weekend and moved to 19th after Leeds’ win against Wolves.
How Aston Villa got the better of Bournemouth
Aston Villa took advantage of their early pressure and took the lead within seven minutes. Ollie Watkins’ attempted shot echoed across the top of the box and found Leon Bailey on the right. He then shot the ball up the middle (Marcos Senesi’s outstretched foot couldn’t stop it) with Luiz there to score.
But Bournemouth reacted well and had plenty of chances. The first was almost a gift from John McGinn, as Jaidon Anthony almost latched on to his sloppy back pass. Billing then nodded in agreement, while Dominic Solanke also saw a lopsided effort deflected by Martinez.
- Aston Villa named an unchanged XI from last weekend’s draw at West Ham. Boubacar Kamara stayed out on Unai Emery’s side.
- Following their 1-0 win against Liverpool last weekend, Bournemouth unsurprisingly also named an unchanged XI. Hamed Traore was fit enough to start on the bench.
Aston Villa also continued to look dangerous going forward. Just before the half hour, Watkins received a beautiful pass from Buendía up the middle, but Neto stifled his chip attempt.
There was a cry for a penalty at the end of the first half for Villa. After a well-worked short corner, Ramsey’s thunderous shot from distance appeared to hit Stephens in the hand before going wide. The VAR carefully analyzed the incident, but did not award a penalty.
Aston Villa started the second half well again and had a few chances on average, but Bournemouth were denied an equalizer just after the hour. Billing sent a sensational free kick over the wall, but Martinez made an impressive save by jumping to his right to avoid the effort.
But Aston Villa’s quality soon began to shine as Ramsey doubled his lead late on. It came from a deep free kick from Luiz, with Watkins muffling the header into the path of his teammate. Ramsey then easily outplayed Stephens before his shot deflected through Neto’s back.
Villa began to dominate and -after a disallowed goal when the ball was already out of play- added the third on 89′. Luiz was the instigator again, this time from a corner, which was slightly headed by Tyrone Mings. Buendía waited just behind to send the ball past the goalkeeper. There was a brief VAR check, but the goal stood.
Man of the Match – Douglas Luiz
A brilliant afternoon for the midfielder. Aston Villa looked clever and dangerous in the future, and he was the main instigator.
Of course, he scored the opening goal in the midst of a period of Aston Villa dominance, and he really must be credited with assists for the other two goals as well.
Both goals were caused by his delivery from set pieces and his importance to this victory cannot be underestimated.
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (7), Konsa (7), Mings (7), Moreno (7), McGinn (7), Luiz (8), Bailey (7), Buendía (7), Ramsey (7), Watkins (7).
Supplements used: Traore (6), Chambers (n/a), Duran).
Bournemouth: Net (7), Smith (7), Stephens (5), Senesi (6), Kelly (6), Ouattara (6), Rothwell (5), Lerma (6), Anthony (7), Billing (7), Solanke (7).
Supplements used: Traore (5), Semenyo (6), Brooks (6), Moore (n/a), Vina (n/a).
Man of the match: douglas louis.
FPL Stats – Aston Villa 3-0 Bournemouth
FPL Stats – Aston Villa vs Bournemouth
- Goals: Luiz, Ramsey, Buendía
- Assists: Bailey, Watkins, Mings
- Bonus points: Mings, Luiz (3), Ramsey (1)
After the international break, astonville will return to live action on sky sports while traveling to chelsea on Saturday, April 1; start 5:30 p.m. bournemouth play the same day, hosting fulham in the Stadium of Vitality; start 3:00 p.m.