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Samatta downbeat despite goalscoring Premier League debut

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Samatta downbeat despite goalscoring Premier League debut

Mbwana Samatta cut a disappointed figure after Aston Villa’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth despite scoring his first goal for the club and creating history in his homeland.

The January signing, who became the first player from Tanzania to feature in the Premier League, headed home his maiden goal for Villa in the 70th minute at Vitality Stadium.

It came after Jefferson Lerma had been sent off for the hosts early in the second period, but Dean Smith’s side could not find a leveller and were defeated courtesy of goals from Philip Billing and Nathan Ake towards the end of the first half.

And speaking post-match to VillaTV, Samatta insisted team results are more important than personal pride and milestones.

We are disappointed as a group because we didn’t get what we wanted," he said.

“It’s always hard to lose a game but we’ll keep our focus on the next games.”

He added: “It’s okay when you score goals as a striker.

“I came here two weeks ago and everybody is looking forward to seeing me score goals.

“But when you lose a game you cannot be happy because, as a group, we have to win together and lose together.

“I scored but I’m disappointed because of the result.”

Despite the dejection, Samatta admitted a dream came true against the Cherries on the south coast as he reflected on his Premier League debut.

“That was my dream, always when I was a kid, until today,” he said.

“It’s a dream come true and for everybody in Tanzania it was a dream to see a Tanzanian player play in the Premier League.”

You can watch Ally’s full interview on VillaTV, click here.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 1st February 2020