Wednesday 25 April 2018

Gestede delivers on debut for Villa

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Bournemouth's young English striker Callum Wilson sprints with the ball
Bournemouth's young English striker Callum Wilson sprints with the ball
Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick clears the ball with a diving header
Villa's Jordan Amavi dives in to tackle Callum Wilson of Bournemouth
Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede powers home a header to give his team the lead
Rudy Gestede of Aston Villa passionately celebrates giving his team the lead in the 72nd minute

Philip Duncan

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood hailed Rudy Gestede's arrival in the Premier League after his second-half header ensured there would be no fairytale start to life in the top flight for Bournemouth.

Gestede, who signed from Blackburn in a £6m move earlier this month, came off the bench after an hour and opened his account inside 13 minutes of his debut.

The imposing six foot four inch French striker rose above the rest of the Bournemouth defence from an Ashley Westwood corner to score the game's winner.

It marked Gestede's 20th headed goal since the start of the 2013-'14 campaign - five more than any other player in England's top four leagues.

"I don't think our centre-backs are too happy defending against him every day in training," said Sherwood of the 26-year-old striker.

"He attacks the ball for his life and throws everything at it. He flies in, he hurts people if they get in his way, but he seems to get up himself.

"He terrorises defenders - he doesn't give them a minute - but he is more than just a battering ram. He is very accurate with his heading and his hold-up play is very good. He gives us another dimension."

Sherwood admitted though that he was reluctant to blood his new signing, following a lack of pre-season action.

It was the Cherries, playing their first match in England's top division, who had the best chances to record a historic win. The hosts, roared on by a euphoric crowd, had more shots, more corners and more possession than their established opponents.

But they spurned a number of golden opportunities.

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