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PremierLeague-News.Com - AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa player ratings - Here’s how we rated Steven Gerrard’s men after a poor show on the south coast on the opening day of the Premier League season

Birmingham news Aston Villa player ratings as Kamara struggles in Bournemouth defeat PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa player ratings - Here’s how we rated Steven Gerrard’s men after a poor show on the south coast on the opening day of the Premier League season

Birmingham news  Aston Villa player ratings as Kamara struggles in Bournemouth defeat PremierLeague-News.Com
06 August 2022 - 16:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Aston Villa were given a massive reality check at relegation-favourites Bournemouth as Colombian midfielder-turned-defender Jefferson Lerma scored after just 180 seconds before Cherries striker Kieffer Moore headed home to put the game out of sight. Steven Gerrard left out Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins with new signings Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara both starting while, up front, Danny Ings was the preferred option to lead the line. However, in an exact repeat of last year at newly-promoted Watford, Villa were a goal down right from the word go. Lucas Digne was forced to change his shirt and had to remain off the pitch and, as Marcus Tavernier delivered a corner, Bournemouth captain Lloyd Kelly jumped highest before his effort was scrambled only as far as Lerma who lashed home to send the home crowd into a frenzy. Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma celebrates their side's opening goal against Aston Villa (Image: 2022 Getty Images) Villa rallied a little afterwards with Ings having the first shot for the visitors after six minutes but, moments later, Emi Martinez was called into action as he parried away Kieffer Moore’s low effort. New Villa skipper John McGinn, a frustrated figure throughout, then had a go from range but his shot just whistled over. Gerrard’s men were, though, second best for the entirety of the first 45 minutes. Ings and Jacob Ramsey were both carded for silly fouls before the latter was hooked off at half-time as Gerrard changed his shape from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 with Emi Buendia brought on. Scott Parker’s plucky Cherries continued their good work and defended well in the second period, with only Kamara - disappointing on his big debut - going close via a well-struck effort from distance which flew just past the far post. Gerrard, meanwhile, drafted Watkins on in a bid to find a spark but it failed to materialise as Villa were well contained by the hosts. However, just nine minutes from time Bournemouth added another when Cherries' skipper Kelly looped a cross into Villa's penalty area before Moore peeled off Kamara to plant his header past Martinez for 2-0. On a really disappointing opening day for the second season running, Gerrard has plenty to ponder going into next week’s home clash with another team fancied for the drop, Everton. Here’s how we rated the players from Villa’s 2-0 defeat against Bournemouth… Starting formation 4-3-3 Emi Martinez 6 Simply didn’t see Lerma’s early strike as it flew past a number of bodies in front of him. Martinez got down well to parry Moore’s low effort on eight minutes as Bournemouth just kept coming. Martinez’s handling was decent, mind, but he was well beaten for Moore's header. Matty Cash 5 Aston Villa's Matty Cash and Bournemouth's Jordan Zemura battle for the ball (Image: PA Wire) Cut a frustrated figure and, at times, drifted in field to start a spell of possession. Zemura was tricky to deal with down his side and he failed to get anything going. Ezri Konsa 5 Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa in action against Bournemouth (Image: 2022 Getty Images) In ahead of Mings and Chambers, Konsa found it difficult in the opening stages as Bournemouth raced out of the traps. Found it tough out there, like most. Diego Carlos 6* In for his debut and, like most, found Bournemouth’s two men up front tough to deal with. Carlos hoofed everything that came his way but, in possession, was assured and popped a lovely ball up for Digne which almost brought about a chance. Carlos went close with a header in the first half while he did remain strong in the second half. He gave Solanke a pat on the back as he went off, clearly surprised by what he was up against out there. Lucas Digne 5 The pantomime villain here after going down screaming following a challenge by Smith before getting up right away. Digne was off the pitch momentarily when Bournemouth scored their opener after changing shirts due to a bloody nose. Digne was often Villa’s out-ball in the first 45 but things didn't improve. Put in a dangerous ball at the death but was not at his best here as Villa were well beaten. John McGinn 5 Went close a couple of times with powerful digs from outside the 18-yard box but those in striped red and black shirts were onto him like a rash time and time again, typified when Pearson slide in to nick the ball off him to stop a counter-attack. McGinn spun away from danger well on a number of occasions but cut a frustrated figure out there as the skipper failed to get a reaction from his teammates.

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. Off the pace in the first 45 as Moore and Solanke dropped on him in midfield and won headers. Sluggish once more here before being replaced. Jacob Ramsey 4 Didn’t show much in that first 45, lost his head a few times amid Bournemouth’s onslaught and, prior to the break, was carded for pulling back his man. Replaced at half-time as Gerrard changed his system to bring on Buendia. Can Ramsey go again after such a strong season last term? That’ll be his challenge now. Leon Bailey 6 Aston Villa's Leon Bailey in action against Bournemouth (Image: 2022 Getty Images) Showed some bright spells on the right side as he looked to beat Zemura one-on-one. Won countless corners which Villa failed to do anything with. Looked sharp but Villa’s attacking play left a lot to be desired. Tried. Danny Ings 4 Booed early on after leaving the Cherries for Burnley previously. Couldn’t clear Kelly’s header which led to Lerma’s goal. Ings tested Travers a couple of times but his efforts were straight at the stopper. Another one who looked really frustrated as he scissored down Tavernier to get a yellow card. Philippe Coutinho 4 Really struggled to impose himself as the ever-committed Adam Smith had his number from the outset. Looked to work with Digne down the left side but Bournemouth defended well against them. The Brazilian was getting on the ball on the halfway line which, as we know, is way too deep amid Bournemouth’s pressure out of possession. Coutinho moved into the No.10 position for the second half as Gerrard reverted to a 4-2-3-1 system. The ex-Barca man almost threaded Buendia in but, again, couldn’t get going. Substitutes Emi Buendia on for Ramsey, 46 minutes: Gerrard’s first change at half-time as the little playmaker came on to play on the left of a front three behind Ings. Ollie Watkins on for Ings, 66 minutes: A like-for-like change in attack but didn't get a sniff. Douglas Luiz on for Kamara, 82 minutes: Saw an effort blocked. Cameron Archer on for Coutinho, 82 minutes: Chucked on as Villa went 4-2-4 after Bournemouth's second. Subs not used: Robin Olsen, Ludwig Augstinsson, Tyrone Mings, Calum Chambers, Ashley Young. Opposition Bournemouth (3-5-2): Travers; Mepham, Lerma, Kelly; Smith, Billing, Pearson (Cook, 71), Tavernier, Zemura; Moore, Solanke. Subs not used: Dennis (gk), Christie, Marcondes, Stacey, Stanislas, Dembele, Hill, Anthony. Goals AFC Bournemouth: Lerma (3), Moore (81). Aston Villa: Referee: Peter Bankes Next up for Villa Everton (h) on Saturday, August 13, kick-off 12.30pm

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