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Posted Sat 09 Apr 16 at 17:00 PM

Aston Villa 1-2 AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth completed a professional 2-1 victory away at Aston Villa in their latest Barclays Premier League match.

A first half strike from Steve Cook and then a second from Joshua King ensured that the Cherries took all three points and now move over the 40-point mark for the season.

Eddie Howe made two changes to the starting eleven for the visit to Villa Park, as Tommy Elphick and Dan Gosling replaced Adam Smith and Eunan O’Kane.

Elsewhere, Callum Wilson returned from his six month injury lay-off to occupy a space on the Cherries bench.

Lewis Grabban had the first real chance of the game. Surging forward the 28-year-old struck low at goal after just five minutes, but Brad Guzan got down well to avert the danger.

The hosts responded and Idrissa Gana chipped in from the left to tee up the onrushing Kieran Richardson, though the former Manchester United man failed to keep his shot down.

Following that it was a half of few chances, but the Cherries did eventually take the lead just moments before the break.

Simon Francis and Matt Ritchie linked up from short corner which resulted in the right-back drilling a low cross into the Villa area, where Steve Cook supplied the deftest of backheels to guide the ball past Guzan.

The Cherries returned from the break looking sharp, though cheered on by their vocal home support, Villa began to gain a foothold in the game. 

Eddie Howe then made his first change of the afternoon on the 57th minute, as Marc Pugh replaced Max Gradel.

It was once again a Francis corner that caused trouble for the Villa defence. Ritchie swung a boot at the in-swinging delivery inside the penalty area, but his attempt was blocked and pushed wide.

All three points were eventually secured on 74th minute. A lapse in concentration across the host’s backline allowed King to pounce on a loose ball and burst through before he chipped over Guzan to double the Cherries’ tally.

Villa fought back, however, and ten minutes later they had a goal of their own. Jordan Ayew worked space on the edge of the penalty area and stuck low past Artur Boruc to give the hosts a glimpse of hope heading into the closing stages.

Shaun MacDonald was then introduced to the match, as the Wales international replaced Lewis Grabban. 

Before Callum Wilson then replaced King to make his long-awaited return after a six month injury lay-off.

The hosts rallied towards the end in search of an equaliser, but AFC Bournemouth held on to record all three points.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Clark, Bacuna, Gana, Sinclair (Adama, 70), Westwood, Lescott, Richardson (Grealish, 83), Ayew, Lyden (Gestede, 45), Cissokho.
Subs not used: Bunn, Richards, Sanchez, Toner.
AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Gradel (Pugh, 57), Grabban (MacDonald, 86), King (Wilson).
Subs not used: Federici, Iturbe, Wiggins, O’Kane.
Goals: Cook, 45, King, 74, Ayew, 83.
Yellow cards: Cook, Daniels, Gana, Ayew.

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