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Aston Villa vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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Aston Villa

, Morgan Rogers ‘45'+1' , Moussa Diaby ‘57' , Leon Bailey ‘78'
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AFC Bournemouth

, Dominic Solanke ‘31' (Pen)
FT 21st April 2024 3:00 PM
Villa Park
#AFCB

Cherries beaten at Villa Park

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Attendance:
42189
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Tim Robinson

Aston Villa came from behind to beat AFC Bournemouth 3-1 at Villa Park. 

Aston Villa came from behind to beat AFC Bournemouth 3-1 at Villa Park. 

Goals from former Cherries loanee Morgan Rogers, Moussa Diaby and Leon Bailey cancelled out a Dominic Solanke penalty, to keep the Champions League chasing Villa in fourth place.

The defeat leaves Andoni Iraola's side in 13th in the Premier League table, with five games remaining.

Iraola made just one change to the side that was held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester United.

Lloyd Kelly returned to the starting line-up on the left side of defence, with Milos Kerkez deployed higher up the pitch to replace the injured Luis Sinisterra.

The hosts enjoyed more of the ball and the better of the chances in the opening 15 minutes, with Watkins and McGinn both going close before Pau couldn't quite get on the end of Diaby's cross. 

The Cherries' first opportunity of note came when Justin Kluivert cut inside from the left wing and fired a shot at the near post. Martinez was equal to it, beating the ball out to a teammate who headed behind for a corner.

Dango Ouattara then went close himself, when his strike hit the side-netting midway through the first half.

The game's opening goal came when Milos Kerkez was brought down in the penalty area by Matty Cash. After a lengthy delay while referee Tim Robinson positioned the Villa defenders on the edge of the box, Dominic Solanke coolly stepped up against midweek penalty hero Martinez to smash the ball past him and score his 18th Premier League goal of the season.

Cash did come close to atoning for his error moments later though, lashing a low effort just past Neto's far post. 

Solanke and Kluivert then both had chances deflected behind for corner kicks before Rogers equalised for the hosts as the game entered five minutes of added time. He raced on to Bailey's through-ball and cut onto his right foot once inside the box, firing into the roof of the net.

Villa started the second half in the same way they did the first, creating the better of the chances in forcing Neto into making two low saves.

The hosts took the lead in the 57th minute when Diaby latched on to a Watkins cross, who had skilfully made his way into the area following a quick counter.

Antoine Semenyo was introduced for his first action since pulling up with a calf complaint at Luton, and within a few minutes of replacing Marcos Senesi, the winger worked his way into the box before firing over. 

Bailey added a third for the Villans with just over ten minutes remaining, tapping in from close range after Watkins had rounded Neto and played the ball towards the empty net.

Substitute Enes Ünal then went close to a late goal to make it a grandstand finish, but in the area his first effort was palmed away superbly by Martinez before Pau made a brilliant block on the line to deny the Turkish frontman from the rebound.

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Pau, Digne; McGinn (c), Tielemans; Rogers, Diaby (Durán 90+3), Bailey (Carlos 86); Watkins

Subs not used: Olsen (GK), Chambers, Lenglet, Kesler-Hayden, Munroe, Iroegbunam, Kellyman

AFC Bournemouth: Neto (c); Smith (Aarons HT), Zabarnyi, Senesi (Semenyo 62), Kelly; Cook, Christie (Scott 75); Ouattara (Enes Ünal 82), Kluivert (Philip 75), Kerkez, Solanke

Subs not used: McKenna (GK), Travers (GK), Hill, Gonazalez

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