Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa: Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore score in win for the Cherries



Travers 7; Lerma 8, Mepham 7, Kelly 7.5; Smith 7, Billing 6.5, Pearson 7 (Cook 72, 6), Zemura 7; Tavernier 7.5 (Christie 85); Solanke 7 (Stanislas 90+5), Moore 7.5.

Subs not used: Dennis, Marcondes, Stacey, Dembele, Hill, Anthony.

Booked: Smith, Pearson, Billing.

Manager: Scott Parker 8.5.

Mini verdict: This was the perfect start to the season and probably beyond fans’ expectations given a frustrating transfer window. They looked well drilled at the back and attacked with pace on the counter. Scott Parker will not get complacent though and knows it will be a long season if no new faces come in the door.

New signings:

Marcus Tavernier – The only player Bournemouth have spent money on so far this summer. Made some good runs and supplemented the two strikers well – probably their best attacking threat. 7.5/10.

ASTON VILLA (4-3-3):

 Martinez 7; Cash 5, Konsa 5, Carlos 6, Digne 6; McGinn 6, Ramsey 6 (Buendia 46, 6), Kamara 6 (Luiz 83); Bailey 5, Ings 6 (Watkins 65, 6), Coutinho 5 (Archer 82).

Subs not used: Olsen, Mings, Chambers, Augustinsson, Young.

Booked: Ings, Ramsey.

Manager: Steven Gerrard 5.

Mini verdict: Steven Gerrard looked angry at full-time but will not worry just yet. Tactically, he will have more questions than answers. How to get the best out of Philippe Coutinho? To start Ollie Watkins or Danny Ings, or both? Can Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia have a better second season? Why can’t Villa put away below-par teams, having now just won two of their last 12 league games?

New signings:

Diego Carlos – Was beaten too easily in aerial duels a couple of times but settled into the match and looked decent on the ball. 6/10.

Boubacar Kamara – Will provide a defensive shield in the midfield to allow those near him a bit more freedom but, like all of his team-mates, was a bit slow in possession. 6/10.

Philippe Coutinho – An afternoon to forget for the Brazilian, who saw more of the ball in the second half but his crosses and shots were poor. 5/10.



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