Goals from Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia helped Aston Villa beat Bournemouth 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to move provisionally into the top half of the table
The result allowed Villa to leapfrog Chelsea into 10th place with 38 points ahead of the Graham Potter's side's match against Everton later on Saturday. Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone in 19th with 24 points.
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Villa made the ideal start seven minutes into the contest when Leon Bailey pounced on a loose ball in the box, beat his marker out wide and cut the ball back for an unmarked Luiz to tap home from close range.
At the other end, Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez came to Villa's rescue when he palmed away Philip Billing's free kick that looked destined for the top corner, with the World Cup winner flying to his left to deny the Denmark midfielder.
There was applause from both sides when David Brooks came on for the first time since October 2021 after recovering from cancer, but it was the Villa fans who remained on their feet a minute later as Ramsey scored.
Villa sealed the three points on a corner kick when Tyrone Mings nodded the ball into the six-yard box where Buendia headed home from close range.