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Sunday media watch [18.08.19]: “Hints of brighter future” – Telegraph

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Sunday media watch [18.08.19]: “Hints of brighter future” – Telegraph

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said his side were taught a "harsh lesson" as two early goals - including a debut strike for Harry Wilson - saw Bournemouth sink the Premier League newcomers. The Cherries were awarded a penalty after just 45 seconds when Callum Wilson was brought down in the box by Tom Heaton - on his home debut - and Joshua King made no mistake from the spot. Harry Wilson, on a season-long loan at Eddie Howe's side from Liverpool, doubled the visitors' lead with just 12 minutes played when a deflection took his left-footed strike past Heaton. Douglas Luiz, on his first start for Villa following his £15m switch from Manchester City, scored a consolation for the hosts, finding the top corner with a stunning strike from outside the box.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa were condemned to a second straight defeat on their return to the Premier League as Bournemouth won 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. Villa endured a nightmare start to their first top-flight home game since May 2016 as Tom Heaton tripped Callum Wilson after just 41 seconds with Josh King slotting home the resulting penalty. Harry Wilson doubled the lead in the 12th minute after an error from Douglas Luiz and while the Villa midfielder atoned for that mistake with a sensational curling goal in the 71st minute, it was not enough as Bournemouth held on for their first win of the season.

Daily Mail: This served as a harsh but necessary reminder for Aston Villa that in the unforgiving environment of the Premier League you really cannot afford any lapses of concentration. Errors — even seemingly innocuous ones — are often punished in a ruthless manner in the top-flight that they wouldn't be in the Championship. Bournemouth can hardly be described as Premier League stalwarts — this is just their fifth season — but they are hardened competitors at this standard and made Villa pay for their mistakes.

Telegraph: After a summer spend of £127m, Aston Villa’s return to the top table was always likely to prove a slow-burner and this was another harsh lesson in the realities of the Premier League. There were flashes of invention, but also moments of naivety and over-exuberance as Villa suffered a second successive defeat under Dean Smith, gifting a streetwise Bournemouth both of their goals. In their last experience of this division Villa’s poor home form had conspired to plunge them into the Championship, yet this was a performance which hinted at a brighter future despite the self-inflicted damage. Bournemouth could not believe their good fortune after coasting into a two-goal lead within the opening 12 minutes, with the crucial second goal coming from Harry Wilson on his debut, after signing on loan from Liverpool.  Villa have signed 12 new players since winning promotion, with seven starting here, and there was an excellent goal for Douglas Luiz, a £15m recruit from Manchester City.

Times: For the Holte Enders, their moment had arrived. They had waited more than three years for this day and came with optimism unbounded, fuelled by their club’s summer largesse, outlaying £127m on a dozen newcomers, and a manager destined to succeed. It required 46 seconds for the Villans to review their faith as goalkeeper Tom Heaton yielded Bournemouth a spot-kick, cosily converted by Joshua King, followed by a 12th-minute debut goal from Harry Wilson, Bournemouth’s on-loan winger from Liverpool. After that, it always looked a mission too far for the hosts, even though they were driven forward dynamically by talismanic captain Jack Grealish, who laid on Douglas Luiz to finish with a sublime goal to reduce the arrears. It was not enough, and although some will surmise that Villa have rather got ahead of themselves, there was sufficient quality on display, particularly from John McGinn and Grealish, to bode well as the season progresses.

Guardian: There was no mistaking the optimism around Villa Park before kick-off. This was the hosts’ first Premier League home match in more than three years and, with a revamped team guided by a manager and captain who both used to be regulars in the Holte End, the locals had much to be excited about. The players were roared on to the pitch and then … oops! Villa conceded a penalty after 46 seconds. Things soon got worse for the hosts. But even though they wound up with no points, Villa improved as the match progressed. Their fans need not abandon all that hope. The start, though, sure was poxy. After Callum Wilson beat Tom Heaton to a through-ball and got clattered by the goalkeeper, Josh King scored from the penalty spot. Ten minutes later a long-range shot by the Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson deflected off Tyrone Mings and flew into the net. The ball had come to Wilson via an ill-judged dummy by Douglas Luiz, who had an eventful first start for Villa since joining from Manchester City. He made several errors that could be attributed to a lack of familiarity with his new team-mates but showed his class with a sumptuous goal in the second half.

Express & Star: Dean Smith was left bemoaning a nightmare start after Villa fell to a 2-1 defeat in their Premier League home opener against Bournemouth. The hosts found themselves two goals down inside 12 minutes as Josh King and Harry Wilson struck early for the Cherries. Though Douglas Luiz gave Villa hope with a stunning goal on his full debut, they were unable to find an equaliser and have no points from their opening two fixtures back in the top flight.

Four Four Two: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said Philip Billing should have been sent off during the 2-1 home loss to Bournemouth. Cherries midfielder Billing collected the first booking of the contest in the 36th minute for a foul on John McGinn, and made a number of subsequent challenges that might have seen him carded again before being substituted by Eddie Howe at half-time. Smith, whose side went in at the break 2-0 down after conceding twice in the opening 12 minutes, said: “I think they have had a massive amount of fortune with Phil Billing staying on the pitch.”

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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By @AVFCOfficial 18th August 2019