AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the BBC…
“It was a big result for us today. We knew the importance, the game was still in the balance at half-time, but more pleasing for us was the way we saw out the game after letting the lead slip last week.
“It was great to see we were creating chances. We were a threat. Aston Villa are a very good team. They have quality players but we managed to stay ahead. We defended the last 10-15 minutes really well.”
Buzzing to get a debut goal and the 3 points???????????? great shift from the boys???????? thanks for the support!???? https://t.co/GuOvE9heOE
— harry wilson (@harrywilson_) August 17, 2019
“[Wilson] looked like he fitted into the team, he was getting balls in between the lines, The Premier League is such a high level, it will be a very hard challenge but he’s certainly started really well.”
Bournemouth debut ✅
Premier League debut ✅
Debut goal ✅
Three points ✅
A decent afternoon all round for Harry Wilson ????
— BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) August 17, 2019
Like a flash ⚡️
Joshua King's second-minute penalty for @afcbournemouth (1:40) is the earliest spot kick to be scored in a #PL match since Sergio Aguero against Newcastle in February 2015 (1:12) pic.twitter.com/b2tVRox3kE
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 17, 2019
Written by AlGard
Controlled that first 45 minutes, but sitting back too deep made for a nervous 2nd half.
To be fair it was a cracking Aston Villa goal that they deserved for their efforts, but the 3 points were just about deserved for AFC Bournemouth.
Harry Wilson faded 2nd half, but great debut.
Joshua King and Callum Wilson were 100% better than last week against Sheffield United.
Aaron Ramsdale is cementing his No1 spot as the goalkeeper.
Glad we won that as we are only likely to get a point next week….maybe!
A happy weekend indeed.
Written by Waz afcb
Ramsdale- Brilliant, so refreshing to have a keeper that commands his area. Good kicking and great shot-stopping.
Smith-very good. Got up and down and solid.
Daniels- did okay. The odd error and lapse in concentration that we’ve come accustomed to. But steady enough.
Cook and Ake-threw themselves in front of absolutely everything. Nothing to pick between them, both brilliant.
H Wilson- very positive performance, comfortable coming in off the right and receiving the ball in central positions. Good passing and use of the ball looks creative. Exactly what we need from this position.
Fraser- thought he was below par again, to be honest. Didn’t really get involved that much, often lost the ball when he did. One electric breakaway late on but fluffed a relatively easy chance, just needed to hit it anywhere bar where he did. Set pieces poor too.
Lerma- what a beast. Tracked every blade of grass, looked to be building a great partnership with Billing. A huge reason we were able to see the game out.
Billing- actually thought he had a brilliant first half in the main, just a shame he completely lost his head but hopefully will learn from this. Lucky not to be sent off in the end, let the emotion of the occasion get the better of him. However before this great display of tackling, intercepting and passing. Huge huge potential.
King- did okay in the early stages of the game but became more and more frustrating as the game wore on. Attempting stupid flicks, not holding onto the ball and poor weight of pass on several occasions. Love the guy but still maintain he can’t play with Wilson effectively and is never a number 10.
Wilson- a threat in the first half won the penalty and set up H Wilson for a great chance. Did nothing in the second half until Solanke came on then he looked more threatening, early signs are that Dom Solanke and Callum Wilson could form an exciting partnership.
Surman- did his best, put in a shift. Let’s be honest he’s been a great servant but don’t want to be relying on him too often. Doesn’t have the legs to play in a 2.
Solanke- thought he was brilliant when he came on. Created 2 big chances for teammates, his ball to set up Fraser, in particular, was a very intelligent link-up play. Also held the ball up and took the pressure off the defence. Most importantly linked well with Callum Wilson and looked far more of a threat with him on the pitch in my opinion. – Join the conversation, click here.