Aston Villa extend unbeaten run with Bournemouth win
Aston Villa extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four games as they beat Bournemouth 3-0, who remain deep in relegation trouble.
Unai Emery's side set the tone early on at Villa Park when Douglas Luiz slotted home inside seven minutes. But Bournemouth reacted well and gave Aston Villa an equal test for much of the game.
They came closest just after the hour when Emiliano Martinez made a superb, diving save to keep out Philip Billing's thunderous free-kick.
But perhaps their brightest moment in the game was the return of David Brooks to competitive action after his battle with cancer. Almost a year after announcing he was cancer-free in May 2022, he came on for Jack Stephens in the 79th minute for his first appearance in 18 months.
But Bournemouth capitulated in the final 15 minutes of the game as Villa scored twice more. Some tenacious play from Jacob Ramsey (80) saw him fire home the hosts' second, before Emi Buendia (89) rounded things off with his fifth goal of the season
The victory moves Aston Villa move above Chelsea and into 10th place, ahead of the Blues' match against Everton on Saturday evening, live on Sky Sports. Bournemouth were unable to capitalise on their win against Liverpool last weekend, and slip into 19th place after Leeds' win against Wolves.