Bournemouth boss shocked at Aston Villa plight

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have received plaudits for their fluent footballing style this term, while Aston Villa have been woeful.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has spoken of his shock at the mess Aston Villa currently find themselves in.

The Cherries lost to Villa at home on the first day of the season but, since then, the Midlands outfit have managed only two more wins in the league.

And Howe has expressed his shock at their decline, as reported by Sky Sports:

"A lot has happened since that day. It was a welcome to the Premier League. That's how tight it is and it was a tough lesson for us. I didn't think then they would be a team who'd get relegated. They looked like they had good individual players. But you can't look at the result and jump to conclusions on the first day of the season because it can work out different."

The Villans are a full 15 points adrift of safety and a loss at home to the south-coast club could confirm their relegation, depending on other results.

The Bournemouth boss went on to say how they must not take victory on Saturday for granted and focus on their own display:

"It's difficult for me to talk about what's going on there and what they're feeling in the club. That negativity can turn to positivity if we allow it to be, so we have to win the game."

The Cherries have enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier league, as they sit comfortably in 13th position, 11 points clear of relegation trouble and a win at Villa Park on Saturday could see them rise to 11th.

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