Eddie Howe has lauded the home support of Aston Villa and honestly stated that his Bournemouth players were able to 'contend' with the Villa Park atmosphere at the weekend.
The Cherries recorded a 2-1 win against the newly-promoted side with Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton conceding a penalty within the first minute of the match, and Harry Wilson then netting a second 10 minutes later.
Despite being two goals down, and producing such a horror start, the Villa supporters were pretty vocal throughout as they were very supportive of Dean Smith's side despite the defeat.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (17/08/2019 at 5:45 pm), Howe admitted that it was a tough encounter for his players, as he credited the home supporters.
"It was a hard game, really hard game, Villa are a really good team," Howe told Sky Sports News. "We knew in the second half it was going to be difficult.
"I have to say Villa made it a really good game today. I thought they played very well. I think they have some really good players. And that's why I think it's a big win to come here and perform the way we did.
"I think the home support are very good for Aston Villa today. I think that was something we had to contend with and deal with. I thought in the main, we did that pretty well."
Villa have lost back-to-back games and life in the Premier League has started in a pretty tough fashion for the club as they will be looking to put things right in these coming weeks.
On Friday evening, the Midlands outfit will welcome Marco Silva's Everton, with the Merseyside club picking up four points from their opening two matches, and with it, securing back-to-back clean sheets.
If the home supporters back Villa in the way they did against Bournemouth then it will increase their chances of winning as Smith will be aware that Everton will be a tough nut to crack.
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