Date: 25th January 2015 at 7:27pm
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was pleased with his sides performance despite being knocked out of the FA Cup by Premier League side Aston Villa.

The Cherries made a number of changes to the side with Lee Camp replacing Artur Boruc in goal, Adam Smith starting at right back ahead of Simon Francis and Ian Harte coming in at left back for Charlie Daniels.

Regular centre back pairing Tommy Elphick and Steve Cook retained their place with development squad defender Baily Cargill missing out through injury.

In midfield Harry Arter was the only regular starter with Ryan Fraser and Junior Stanislas replacing regular wingers Matt Ritchie and Marc Pugh.

Howe also switched to a 4-5-1 formation with Eunan O’Kane and Shaun MacDonald coming in for Andrew Surman and Brett Pitman, whilst Yann Kermorgant started ahead of top goalscorer Callum Wilson.

The Cherries arguably edged a tight first half, with Shaun MacDonald having the best chance, with the Welsh midfielder rounding Aston Villa ‘keeper Shay Given before failing to find the target from an acute angle.

After going in at half time 0-0, the home side took the lead early in the second half with an absolute world class effort from new £3million signing Carles Gil. His strike from 20 yards found the top corner giving Camp no chance.

Aston Villa went on to score another good team goal with Andreas Weimann putting the game in the hands of the hosts.

By the time substitute Callum Wilson scored to give the travelling 5,800 Cherries supporters something to cheer the match had been all but wrapped up.

Howe told BBC Radio Solent

‘I’m pleased with the players. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, I think you could see that moments of quality decided the game.

‘I think the first goal is a goal of the highest quality, it really is.

“It wasn`t really in context of the game. We were well in it, we`d gone up the other end previously a few seconds before and had a ball in and around their box a couple of times.

“You felt we were within a whisker of taking the lead and then we find ourselves one behind. That`s the step up in level we faced today…’

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