Aston Villa’s first home game back in the Premier League ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
The match got off to the worst possible start when Tom Heaton gave away a needless penalty with just 40 seconds on the clock. In fact, if we are being perfectly honest, it was a mistake that you’d be embarrassed to see your 12-year-old make on a Sunday morning.!
With the ball going out of play, Heaton stuck out a lazy leg and tripped Josh King, who brushed himself off and slotted the penalty with ease.
Things got even worse for the home side in the 12th minute when Douglas Luiz inexplicably dummied the ball to Harry Wilson, whose shot from distances found the bottom corner via a big deflection off Tyrone Mings.
Dean Smith’s men were the better side for the rest of the game and dominated at times, but Luiz’s brilliant goal in the 71st minute turned out to be nothing more than a consolation prize.
Here are our Villa player ratings for the game:
GK: Tom Heaton - 4
Made two fine saves, but will be very disappointed with the amateurish error he made with just 40 seconds on the clock.
RB: Ahmed Elmohamady - 5
Struggled to contain Ryan Fraser at times. In truth, it is surprising to see him start ahead of Guilbert.
CB: Tyrone Mings - 7
Won everything in the air and made a couple of important interventions to prevent Bournemouth from putting the game to bed. Could do nothing about the deflection that doubled the visitors’ lead in the 12th minute.
CB: Bjorn Engels - 7
Made a number of timely tackles and played well alongside Mings once again. Looks like this will be Villa’s CB pairing for the season. Had a late chance to equalise but couldn’t get his header on target.
LB: Neil Taylor - 7
Gets a lot of stick, but he played very well against the Cherries. He did his defensive duties very well and did his best to help Villa out when attacking.
RM: Trezeguet - 5
Struggled to get into the game at times and really should have scored with half-time just around the corner. Was lucky not to give away a penalty in the second half too.
CM: Douglas Luiz - 6
Only he knows what he was doing for Bournemouth’s second goal, but at least he didn’t let it get to him too much! He was pretty solid for the rest of the game and gave Villa hope with a wonder strike.
CM: John McGinn - 8
McGinn was Villa’s best player by quite some distance. Like usual, he was the first one on the scene to try and win the ball back. To add to this, he was always looking to set up Villa attacks with quickly-taken set-pieces.
CM: Jack Grealish - 5
Missed a golden chance to score and regularly over-hit his crosses. Has had an indifferent start to life in the Premier League, in truth.
LM: Anwar El Ghazi - 3
The Egyptian is clearly struggling with the physicality of the Premier League. He made too many poor passes and his crosses were simply nowhere near good enough.
ST: Wesley Moraes - 3
His touch was poor, he was slow getting forward, and he was offside more times than he should have been. Needs to improve quickly.
SUB: Jota - N/A
Only got 15 minutes, so it’s not fair to give him a rating.
SUB: Keinan Davis - N/A
Played just 8 minutes, so it is not fair to give him a rating either.
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