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Bournemouth vs Aston Villa

Monday August 10, 2015Bournemouth 0 - 1 Aston Villa

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Micah made his debut for Aston Villa and captained the side to an opening day 1-0 win over Premier League new-boys Bournemouth, Rudy Gestede stepping off the bench to score the winner.

Having been named captain midweek by manager Tim Sherwood, Micah lined up alongside Ciaran Clark in the centre of defence.

Bournemouth showed no sign of the jitters as they dominated the opening 45 minutes. Marc Pugh had the first clear sight of goal but spurned the opportunity, whilst Dan Gosling should have hit the target just before the interval. The Villa defence failed to clear the ball and when it fell to Gosling 12 yards out, he looked destined to score, only to fire a yard wide.

Callum Wilson raced through on goal next, only to lift the ball straight into the clutches of Brad Guzan, and Sherwood may well have welcomed the half time whistle in order to re-group.

Whatever was said seemed to do the tricky as as, first, Idrissa Gueye saw a shot saved, before Gestede came on and quickly made an impact.

It was he who rose highest to power a header home, and Micah and his defence held firm to help Villa secure the three points to kick on their campaign in an ideal fashion.