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.