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Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Result, Final Standing and Report

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Scott Parker won the battle of former England midfielders as his newly promoted Bournemouth side celebrated a dream return to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Goals either side of the half from Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore gave the Cherries a deserved win at Vitality Stadium.

Gerrard, who played alongside Parker at Euro 2012, looked frustrated for most of the afternoon and had plenty to think about on the journey home.

His expensively assembled team dominated possession in the South Coast sunshine but were toothless in attack.

Bournemouth played their 191st game at this level and their first without longtime former manager Eddie Howe in the dugout.

Current boss Parker has been frustrated by a lack of summer transfer activity following promotion to runners-up and last week claimed his side are “far from where we need to be”.

But he soon had cause for greater optimism when new signing Marcus Tavernier, one of four Premier League debutants, contributed in the second minute.

Colombia international Lerma scooped the goal, firing a deflected left-footed shot home from close range after the visitors botched Tavernier’s right-hand corner.

Villa avoided relegation in 2020 at the expense of Bournemouth and also won on that ground in their opponents’ first Premier League game in 2015.

With a top-half finish in the pre-season goal, Gerrard made his debut in Dorset with summer recruits Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara, while former Cherries defender Tyrone Mings, who was stripped of the Villa captaincy in the summer, had to settle for a spot on the bench alongside England international Ollie Watkins and the fit Emiliano Buendia.

The away team captured the ball for most of the afternoon, with the open phase being frantic and at times testy.

Bournemouth’s insistence on playing from behind resulted in some nervous moments for the home support and former Cherries striker Danny Ings and midfielder Jacob Ramsey each threatened an equalizer by testing Mark Travers.

At the other end, Dominic Solanke and Adam Smith nearly extended the home side’s lead.

Gerrard responded to the half-time deficit by introducing Buendia in place of Ramsey, one of four players cautioned by referee Peter Bankes before the break.

Bournemouth began to drop lower after the restart, prompting pressure and looking for a breakout second.

But the Cherries Back Three of Lerma, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly remained rock solid and relatively untested.

Villa’s new France international, Kamara, created a rare moment of fear with a shot from distance that saw Travers at full blast, flying just wide before Watkins came on in place of Ings.

Gerrard is under more pressure to deliver consistent results this campaign at Villa Park after having had an up-and-down form since arriving from Rangers in November and his changes have had little impact.

Substitute Buendia showed flashes of inspiration before hopes of a draw were dashed with 10 minutes to go when towering striker Moore expertly nodded past Emiliano Martinez after a cross from captain Kelly.

With Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool in the next three weeks, Parker will no doubt be delighted to have a successful start as he quickly turns his attention back to the transfer market.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/scott-parker-premier-league-bournemouth-jefferson-lerma-tyrone-mings-b2139830.html Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Result, Final Standing and Report

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