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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Philip Billing (37')
  • Nathan Aké (44')
  • Jefferson Lerma (51')
  • Mbwana Samatta (70')

Bournemouth beat Aston Villa to climb out of relegation zone

Bournemouth players celebrate after scoring a goal against Aston Villa. Getty Images

Bournemouth climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after they held on for a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, despite being reduced to 10 men for the majority of the second half.

Philip Billing broke the deadlock for the hosts when he slotted home a side-footed finish from close range, connecting with a knockdown from Dan Gosling.

Bournemouth doubled their lead minutes before half-time after Ryan Fraser's initial shot was saved by Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina, only for Nathan Ake to score from the rebound.

Jefferson Lerma, who found himself on a yellow card inside the opening 20 minutes, was sent off for the hosts early in the second half after he fouled Villa midfielder Jack Grealish deep inside his own half.

Villa pulled themselves back into the contest when Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta scored on his Premier League debut, reacting quickest to nod home Keinan Davis' deflected effort.

But Bournemouth's defensive line produced a mature display to soak up Villa's pressure as they held on to celebrate back-to-back league victories for the first time since September.

Villa are now just one point and one place above the relegation zone, and manager Dean Smith bemoaned his team's lack of a killer instinct to breakdown a 10-man opposition.

"I wasn't happy with the first half and how we played 11 v 11 but the second half, after they had a man set off, was better, although we did not do enough with possession," Smith said.

"They have had a man sent off and after that we have dominated possession but have not done enough to create clear-cut chances to get ourselves back and deserved to lose in the end."

Smith confirmed defender Ezri Konsa picked up a muscle injury before he was substituted at halftime, while Danny Drinkwater was unavailable for the match due to a calf injury.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 28 +37 57
3 Leicester City 29 +30 53
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 29 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 +7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +7 41
9 Arsenal 28 +4 40
10 Burnley 29 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
14 Southampton 29 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 -15 27
17 Watford 29 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 -27 21