Jamaican winger Leon Bailey continues his outstanding goal contribution form for his club, Aston Villa, as his team seeks to pull off an unlikely top-four finish in the league. Sitting in the top four at the start of kick-off, Villa was looking to capitalise against league strugglers Bournemouth.
However, it was the less fancied team that looked brighter of the two sides, as Bournemouth raced into an early 10-minute lead through Semenyo, who finished off a good move from the home team with a low strike into the bottom corner.
Aston Villa showed why they were a force to be reckoned with by hitting back ten minutes later. Leon Bailey collected a ball from Watkins on the right-hand side; he took on a couple of the Bournemouth defenders before cutting inside and launching an unsavable shot past Neto in goal.
Villa turned the game on its head and found the back of the net two minutes after their leveller. However, it was ruled out for offside. Bournemouth then took back control of the game and had two good chances to take the lead but failed to capitalise as the first half ended 1-1.
As they did in the first half, Bournemouth got another early goal at the start of the second half. Bournemouth top scorer Solanke, was at the end of a pass from Kerkez. The striker swivelled and fired home efficiently in minute 52, putting his team 2-1 up.
Despite Bournemout’s dominance throughout the second half, Villa found a late equaliser, through in-form striker Watkins, who pulled off a fantastic header to find the bottom corner. Watkins’s 90th minute strike was the last meaningful action of the match, with the encounter ending 2-2.