Just as it seemed Aston Villa would succumb to the kind of defeat that would stick in the throat, Unai Emery’s side salvaged a point at a rejuvenated Bournemouth courtesy of a deft Ollie Watkins header with second-half stoppage time looming.
At the end of the season, if not sooner, this could feasibly rank as a healthy takeaway given the margins in their explicit quest to qualify for the Champions League. Zoom out to analyse the bigger picture and Villa, imperious on home turf, remain very much poised to challenge.
Written by Ben Fisher at the Vitality Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/dec/03/bournemouth-aston-villa-premier-league-match-report under the title “Ollie Watkins rescues point for Aston Villa with late strike at Bournemouth”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.