It was a debut to forget for Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew as Aston Villa beat Bournemouth 1-0 away.
The striker who joined from Lorient this season looked a tad away from Premier League levelas as Villa survived an onslaught from the newly promoted side who created several chances.
Bournemouth had them. Plenty in fact. There were none of the nerves that might have come with the occasion, there was no hesitation from a club that played in League Two five years ago. Instead, initially at least, it was a black and red blitz – the new blood had 60 per cent of the first-half possession and the majority of the opportunities in that time. Certainly all of the good ones.
But while Callum Wilson, who was so effective last season, blew the best of them by shooting straight at Brad Guzan, Aston Villa got the job done.
The manner in which they did it left Howe talking about a ‘sucker punch’; it also indicated that Villa’s aerial threat did not die the minute Christian Benteke walked out the door.
The key moment came after 72 minutes when Villa won a corner, which Ashley Westwood directed to the penalty spot. Gestede, a £6m recruit from Blackburn, managed to launch himself over a crowd of players before heading the winner.
‘I hope we see more of that from him this season – even our own centre backs aren’t happy about playing against him in training,’ said Sherwood.