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The Last Word: Dean Smith, Eddie Howe, Jack Grealish, Harry Wilson, Anwar El Ghazi and Aaron Ramsdale

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The Last Word: Dean Smith, Eddie Howe, Jack Grealish, Harry Wilson, Anwar El Ghazi and Aaron Ramsdale

Key figures from the Aston Villa-Bournemouth game summarise the action.

Read below the final thoughts of Dean Smith, Eddie Howe, Jack Grealish, Harry Wilson, Anwar El Ghazi and Aaron Ramsdale.


Dean Smith

"We've made two mistakes and they've scored from both. It's very hard to come back from that in this league.

"I'm not sure how Philip Billing has stayed on the pitch. He's been booked and made three fouls after that.

"We'd normally get something from that. Defeat was very harsh on us.

"I'm certainly not disappointed with the way we've played in both Premier League games so far. It's been a harsh lesson for us, but we can't expect to make that many mistakes and win."


Eddie Howe

“It was a great start for us. We needed that lift I think after last week where we conceded a late goal and there was a real feeling of disappointment.

“But we responded in great style today. That gave us a platform to get into the game and show our best qualities at times in that first half.

“Then the third goal was always going to be hugely important in the match. We didn’t get it and we really had to show our steel in that last 15-20 minutes.”


Jack Grealish

"It was a great goal from Douglas Luiz.

"We see it every day in training and know what he's capable of.

"He'll do a lot more for us this season.

"I had a headed chance myself and it should have went in.

"I'll be losing a bit of seep over that. But it'll come."


Harry Wilson

I loved it. It’s what I’ve been working towards.

“I have had a lot of minutes in the Championship and internationally but never in the Premier League.

I was delighted to get my first minutes, thankful to the manager for picking me from the start and I enjoyed it.

“I just wanted to get out there, get on the ball, try to create stuff and I felt I did that.

“You train every day for a Saturday or a Sunday, so to finally get out there and do it in a match situation was great.

“The lads helped me through it to play with the pace going forwards – the more experienced ones were talking me through the game, so it really helped.”


Anwar El Ghazi

“The manager said if we keep going like this we will get enough points.

“But we have to be focused and know that we cannot make mistakes anymore because this is the Premier League.

"Players are better tactically and we need to remember that.

“It’s a little bit harder with the ones who don’t speak English. We get to know each other well because we train with each other a lot.

“We all help each other settle in. Elmo (Ahmed Elmohamady) has played a bigger part for Trezeguet but we help every player who comes into our team.

“We have to be collective at Aston Villa. We are one.”


Aaron Ramsdale

"To get that win and to finally know what it feels like to win in the Premier League as a player, it was a delightful feeling.

“It was a much, much better performance – especially away from home.

“The place was always going to be loud. It’s the first time I’d been here and I didn’t realise actually how big it was.

“Their fans were really loud but I must say our fans who travelled up from Bournemouth, it’s quite a trip but they were loud, gave us an extra boost, gave us energy and we were just happy we could give them three points to take back down the road."

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By @danconnor 19th August 2019