Sunday, 18 August 2019

AFCB hold off Villa for first away win 1-2

Match Report
Aston Villa 1 v 2 AFCB
17 August 2019
Attendance: 40,996
AFCB spoil Aston Villa's big day.
The Cherries were given a dream start in this game with Tom Heaton leaving his foot out on Callum Wilson in the first minute and Josh King made no mistake from the spot. New signing Harry Wilson then put Bournemouth firmly in control with a long-range pearler from 30 yards that deflected in off Tyrone Mings and the post. Philip Billing was meanwhile losing his head with some rash challenges and Eddie Howe had to take him off at half-time. Aston Villa fought back in the second half and a stunning goal from Douglas made for a grandstand finish. Bournemouth needed the safe hands of Ramsdale to keep Villa from snatching a point and the Cherries did enough to hold on for their first three points of the season.

Bournemouth made two changes to the starting line-up with Charlie Daniels replacing Diego Rico and Harry Wilson coming on for Chris Mepham as the Cherries switched back to a 4-4-1-1 formation. Jack Stacey also made it onto the sub's bench for the first time in a Premier League match.

Match description
Bournemouth attacked straight away as King passed out wide. Fraser slipped in Callum Wilson down the left side of the box and Heaton caught him. Bournemouth were awarded a penalty. Josh King took it, 0-1 to Bournemouth. King hit his shot hard and low to the left sending Heaton the wrong way.

The ball is the sent into Bournemouth's box but El Mohamady headed wide. Harry Wilson tried a long shot from distance but it went well over.

Lerma's fouled Trézéguet in a good position for Villa to put pressure in the box. McGinn hit a drive and it just skimmed over the bar, Ramsdale got a touch on it.

Bournemouth were getting Fraser in space and running and h win a corner before going all the way back to Ramsdale. Callum Wilson kept giving cheap fouls away. Daniels puts a cross in but it's blocked.

Harry Wilson is going for a long-range effort - what a hit. Deflected off Mings  and in off the left post 2-0, 12 minutes gone!

Fraser goes flying but wins a free kick in his own half. Mings goes for a long ball over the top but Ramsdale is alert to it.

Another free kick to Villa, Steve Cook takes Grealish down right on the D. El Ghazi hits the free kick high over the bar. Wesley and Cook come together and Bournemouth get the free kick. Ramsdale then swarms on a ball at his near post.

King put in a cross and Douglas hit it just over his own bar for a corner. A long ball from Mings and it cannons off Daniels right into McGinn's path and Ramsdale makes a great save on 22 minutes.

Ramsdale punches away. Another ball comes back in and Wesley gets a shot away off Cook and Ramsdale saves for a corner. Grealish floats a ball to the far post and Daniels just keeps El Ghazi out.

Daniels puts a cross in and Harry Wilson is free and just puts it over, he was unmarked! Ake does well to put a header out for a throw.

Bournemouth are holding out well for the clean sheet. They are getting organised and Harry Wilson is clipped as the Cherries start another breakaway.

It's end to end, with Billing almost getting Wilson in. Villa enjoy some possession, but Lerma gets a foot in. Ramsdale fists the ball away from the corner. Wesley goes down in the box but there is no penalty awarded. Billing and Wesley are having a few words.

Billing has been booked now for a foul on McGinn. Grealish goes down from a Billing challenge. Could have been a second yellow there.

Trézéguet is caught offside on the left. Billing hits a shot miles over. Harry Wilson ran into Douglas and came off worse. King makes a good run up the left and finds Billing who fouls. Billing is luck to still be on the pitch.

A speculative shot from McGinn hits the side netting. Lerma catches up with McGinn and Fraser gets trodden on by El Mohamady. Bournemouth get the free kick. wide on the left, but Villa clear it.

A shot from King centrally is blasted over the goal. Wilson to Harry Wilson and Heaton makes a save with his feet. Three minutes of additional minutes. Billing has made another foul on McGinn. He has to be on his final warning.

Lerma has been pushed by El Ghazzi.Villa are in down the left and Wesley crosses for Trézéguet  and Aké clears off the line. Steve Cook makes a clearance and it's another corner to Villa. Half-Time 0-2.

Second half
Philip Billing has been subbed at half-time - thank goodness. He would have left Bournemouth with 10 men the way he was going. Andrew Surman is on in midfield.

Harry Wilson takes a knock but is up again. Ramsdale has to save with Wesley trying to get it after a header down from Trézéguet. It's a VAR check. Ramsdale got there first, no penalty.

Lerma put in a good ball to King, but the number seven couldn't get a shot away. El Mohamady puts a cross in and Bournemouth clear. McGinn takes a free kick quickly from the centre circle and Grealish takes aim but curls it just wide of the right post.

Bournemouth are just not alive when they give free kicks away. Adam Smith has taken a knock. Grealish is slipping past players and its loose to Taylor and off Steve Cook it's blocked. That was close.

Coming up to the hour now. Aké fouls McGinn and gets booked on 59 minutes. Kings goes down the line but Engles has taken him down in the box. It looked a rash sliding challenge.

Grealish is starting to control the game in midfield. El Mohamady puts in a swinging cross from the right and Grealish heads it over diving in. The two Wilson's combine and Callum sends a ball right across the six yard box.

Some great play by Bournemouth with Harry Wilson and Adam Smith but the cross was picked easily by Heaton. Grealish to Trézéguet and Ramsdale makes the save low to his left and Wesley's header is also gathered.

Bournemouth have 20 minutes to hold out. Aké with a towering header clear's Bournemouth's lines but the ball is back out to Grealish and Douglas hits a stunning goal into the top left corner 1-2.

Bournemouth dropped points last week, from a winning position, is it going to happen again? Bournemouth have a corner with 18 minutes to go. 

McGinn in to Wesley and the shot is saved and Wesley was offside. El Ghazzi comes off and is replaced by Jota on 75 minutes. Solanke replaces Harry Wilson on 76 minutes.

Jota in to Taylor but he can't get a clean header thanks to Smith. McGinn goes on a run but screws his shot well wide.

King puts a chip over the top for Solanke but Engles somehow recovers. Fraser is through but the keeper saves with his feet. Both teams are out on their feet.

Cllum Wilson has a free kick.  Fraser has hoofed it over the top. Bournemouth steal the ball Wilson up against the keeper, back to Solanke and King has the chance but can't get his shot away. Bournemouth could have put the game to bed then.

Trézéguet is subbed with three minutes left for Davis. A shot from Jota is received by Ramsdale. Ramsdale again collects the ball from a McGinn header.

Five minutes of added time. Wilson across to Fraser and it's side netting only. Fraser wins another corner. Great turn but King but his pass to Fraser is too strong. King has a free kick in the corner. Lerma gives a free kick away.

The ball comes into the box but Engles can't get a good header it's wide and time's up 1-2.

Bournemouth learned from last week on how to cling on to a win. The fast start and quickly hit second gaol gave the Cherries the platform they needed. Aston Villa had more of the possession and were unlucky not to get something from the game. The Cherries were strong and kept Villa to long range efforts for much of the game with Ramsdale playing out of his skin. So a great first away win for AFCB at the first attempt.

AFCB Subs: Boruc, Rico, Stacey, Mepham, Surman 46, Ibe, Solanke

AFCB Ratings: Ramsdale 9, Smith 6, Cook 6, Aké 7, Daniels 6, H Wilson 8, Lerma 7, Billing 4, Fraser 7, King 6, C Wilson 6

Referee Martin Atkinson: 1/10 I hate to say it, but he should have sent Philip Billing off and let plenty of fouls go unpunished. 

Cherry Chimes MoM: Aaron Ramsdale

Aston Villa
1 Heaton, 27 El Mohamady, 22 Engels, 40 Mings, 3 Taylor, 7 McGinn, 6 Douglas, 
10 Grealish, 17 Trézéguet (Davis 87), 9 Wesley, 21 El Ghazi (Jota 75)

Villa Subs: 12 Steer, 14 Hourihane, 8 Lansbury, 15 Konsa, 18 Targett, 23 Jota, 39 Davis

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  1. Ramsdale playing out of his skin? We got used to that last season at AFC Wimbledon.

  2. Missed the match as I was in Leeds watching a concert but had the pleasure of watching MoTD in a hotel bar with Charlie Daniels parent's.Great 3 points and shows we are learning to scrap and see put a game.