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Aston Villa 3-1 Bournemouth: Come-from-behind win keeps Villa’s top-four bid on track



Aston Villa 3-1 Bournemouth: Come-from-behind win keeps Villa's top-four bid on track
Aston Villa have received 20 Premier League video games in a single season for the primary time since 1992-93

Aston Villa got here from behind to beat Bournemouth and hold their bid for a top-four end and Champions League soccer on observe.

Simply three days after reserving their place within the semi-finals of the Europa Convention League with a penalty shootout win in opposition to Lille, Villa needed to refocus as they push for his or her highest Premier League end in 28 years.

It didn’t start properly, although, as Bournemouth have been handed the possibility to take the lead from the penalty spot when Matty Money introduced down Milos Kerkez, and top-scorer Dominic Solanke made no mistake from 12 yards.

However Villa remained optimistic and bought their reward on the stroke of half-time when January signing Morgan Rogers fired into the roof of the web.

Regardless of taking part in 120 minutes in Europe on Thursday, Villa confirmed no indicators of fatigue and really appeared to get stronger as the sport went on.

Winger Moussa Diaby put Villa in entrance within the 57th minute to cap a beautiful staff transfer earlier than Leon Bailey gave the hosts respiratory house 20 minutes later.

Villa keep fourth and have opened up a six-point hole to Tottenham in fifth, though Spurs have two video games in hand, whereas Bournemouth are thirteenth.

What a distinction every week makes

It has been a celebratory seven days for Aston Villa, after the month began with only one level from two league outings.

Final Sunday they beat Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal, on Thursday they noticed off Lille on penalties to achieve a primary main European semi-final since 1982 and it was one other routine efficiency at Villa Park to remain within the driving seat for a top-four berth.

Villa have been calm and composed from the outset, controlling possession and making regular progress up the sector, though they struggled to create any significant openings.

It was not till Rogers’ equaliser as the primary half ticked into injury-time that Villa registered a shot on track.

Rogers has settled properly at Villa Park since signing for £8m from Middlesbrough in January and he grabbed his second league objective for the membership in very mature style, coolly evading the problem of Adam Smith earlier than fastidiously choosing his spot excessive above the top of goalkeeper Neto.

Villa settled into their groove because the second half started, with Ollie Watkins trying two pictures at objective however he was the supplier, teeing up Diaby, to get the hosts in entrance.

Unai Emery’s facet continued to press for a 3rd and their endeavour paid off within the 78th minute when Watkins, who leads the best way for assists within the Premier League with 12, broke into the realm, squared the ball and Bailey had a easy end.

Chatting with BBC Match of the Day after the sport, Emery mentioned: “Huge effort as a result of fifth place will not be Champions League, as a result of English groups misplaced it. Now we have to get fourth. Now we have to be demanding and put together in addition to carry out.

“Now we have to be centered greater than earlier than as a result of we thought fifth was Champions League, however now it’s not. Tottenham have two video games in hand after which in fact we’ve got to be in Convention League [semi-finals].”

Emery was referring to the truth that England’s hopes of securing a fifth Champions League spot are all however over – with exits for 4 of the 5 remaining English golf equipment in European competitions this week leaving them trailing Italy and Germany in Uefa’s coefficient rankings.

Unhealthy day on the workplace for Bournemouth

Regardless of being with out the ball for lengthy intervals within the first half, Bournemouth have been environment friendly after they did get possession.

Justin Kluivert examined Emiliano Martinez with a stinging effort from the sting of the field, earlier than Dango Ouattara threatened the Argentina worldwide’s objective when he met a cross on the far put up – however the angle was too acute and he may solely discover the side-netting.

Bournemouth’s penalty was as clear-cut because it comes, with Money wrong-footed by a turning Kerkez, and Solanke fired past Martinez with the boldness of a person who now has 18 league objectives to his title.

Shortly after Villa had taken the lead Ouattara was denied from point-blank vary by Martinez, in a second that might have turned the sport again in Bournemouth’s favour.

Substitute Enes Unal had the ball behind the web for the guests, after Bailey had given Villa a two-goal cushion, however that was swiftly dominated out for offside.

It might not have been an pleasant journey to the Midlands for the south coast membership however their season, which has 5 video games left to run, may nonetheless finish on a optimistic notice.

Bournemouth are simply 5 factors shy of attaining a membership file tally within the Premier League, regardless of failing to win any of their opening 9 video games below Andoni Iraola.

Chatting with BBC Match of the Day about Bournemouth’s need to set a brand new membership file for factors within the Premier League, Iraola mentioned: “That is what we are attempting to do. Now we have a extremely troublesome schedule to finish the season. Now we have to be at our greatest. Must hold focus, depth. You can’t make errors in opposition to these kind of groups.”

Participant of the match

WatkinsOllie Watkins

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity11Participant titleWatkins

  2. Squad quantity3Participant titleDiego Carlos

  3. Squad quantity29Participant titleKesler-Hayden

  4. Squad quantity27Participant titleRogers

  5. Squad quantity7Participant titleMcGinn

  6. Squad quantity24Participant titleDurán

  7. Squad quantity31Participant titleBailey

  8. Squad quantity4Participant titleKonsa

  9. Squad quantity14Participant titleP Torres

  10. Squad quantity8Participant titleTielemans

  11. Squad quantity1Participant titleE Martínez

  12. Squad quantity19Participant titleDiaby

  13. Squad quantity12Participant titleDigne

  14. Squad quantity2Participant titleMoney

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad quantity9Participant titleSolanke

  2. Squad quantity10Participant titleChristie

  3. Squad quantity19Participant titleKluivert

  4. Squad quantity4Participant titleL Prepare dinner

  5. Squad quantity27Participant titleZabarnyi

  6. Squad quantity3Participant titleKerkez

  7. Squad quantity5Participant titleKelly

  8. Squad quantity15Participant titleA Smith

  9. Squad quantity25Participant titleSenesi

  10. Squad quantity11Participant titleOuattara

  11. Squad quantity1Participant titleNeto

  12. Squad quantity24Participant titleSemenyo

  13. Squad quantity14Participant titleScott

  14. Squad quantity37Participant titleAarons

  15. Squad quantity29Participant titleBilling

  16. Squad quantity26Participant titleÜnal


Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2MoneyBooked at 87minsSubstituted forKesler-Haydenat 90+5′minutes
  • 4Konsa
  • 14P Torres
  • 12Digne
  • 7McGinn
  • 8Tielemans
  • 31BaileySubstituted forDiego Carlosat 87′minutes
  • 19DiabySubstituted forDuránat 90+3′minutes
  • 27Rogers
  • 11Watkins


  • 3Diego Carlos
  • 16Chambers
  • 17Lenglet
  • 24Durán
  • 25Olsen
  • 29Kesler-Hayden
  • 47Iroegbunam
  • 69Munroe
  • 71Kellyman


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neto
  • 15A SmithBooked at 21minsSubstituted forAaronsat 45′minutes
  • 27ZabarnyiBooked at 55mins
  • 25SenesiBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSemenyoat 63′minutes
  • 5Kelly
  • 4L Prepare dinner
  • 10ChristieSubstituted forScottat 76′minutes
  • 11OuattaraSubstituted forÜnalat 82′minutes
  • 19KluivertSubstituted forBillingat 76′minutes
  • 3Kerkez
  • 9Solanke


  • 14Scott
  • 23Hill
  • 24Semenyo
  • 26Ünal
  • 29Billing
  • 37Aarons
  • 42Travers
  • 46McKenna
  • 50Dacosta Gonzalez

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