Aston Villa take all three points against Bournemouth thanks to Rudy Gestede's winner

Bournemouth 0 - 1 Aston Villa

  • 72" Rudy Gestede

Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 11,155

Bournemouth AFC player huddle

Aston Villa beat Bournemouth 1-0 this afternoon, with Rudy Gestede bagging the winning goal.

Aston Villa claimed a victory on the opening day of the Premier League season, clinching a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Bournemouth.

After a dramatic summer which has seen manager Tim Sherwood lose four first team players in Ron Vlaar, Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, Villa kicked off their Premier League season in style with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Cherries were playing their first ever Premier League game, and in front of a packed Vitality Stadium, Villa burst their bubble with a superb win.

Villa soaked up pressure before hitting Bournemouth with a late winner, as new signing Rudy Gestede hit his first goal for the club.

The Benin international powered home a header with just 18 minutes left to play, marking a dream debut with the winning goal for Sherwood's men.

The trip to the South Coast was a potential banana skin for Villa, but they came through the test with flying colours thanks to Gestede's goal - and Sherwood will be delighted to open the season with a win.

For Bournemouth, losing at home on the opening day is deflating, but it's a long season, and Howe has the managerial ability to keep the club in the top flight.

Statistics

Bournemouth

Aston Villa

Possession

58.4%
41.6%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Bournemouth

  • Artur Boruc
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Tommy Elphick
  • Steve Cook
  • Simon Francis
  • Andrew Surman
  • Marc Pugh
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Dan Gosling
  • Joshua King
  • Callum Wilson

Substitutes

  • Tyrone Mings
  • Adam Federici
  • Eunan O'Kane
  • Yann Kermorgant
  • Max Gradel
  • Adam Smith
  • Sylvain Distin

Aston Villa

  • Brad Guzan
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Jordan Amavi
  • Micah Richards
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Jordan Ayew
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • Carlos S├ínchez
  • Rudy Gestede
  • Nathan Baker
  • Joe Cole
  • Mark Bunn
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Alan Hutton

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