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  1. Aston Villa XI: Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Lyden, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Richardson, Sinclair, Ayew
  2. Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Gradel, Grabban, King

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Eight straight defeats for Aston Villa, who must win their last five games to stand any chance of staying up. It's highly unlikely.

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Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

Three minutes of added time.

GOAL - Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

Jordan Ayew

Is the Villa comeback on?

Rare cheers around Villa Park as Jordan Ayew picks the ball up on the edge of the area and sends a low effort beyond Artur Boruc.

Jordan Ayew

Aston Villa 0-2 Bournemouth

Home fans are waving white handkerchiefs at Villa Park. It really is that bad.

'Desperate situation'

Aston Villa 0-2 Bournemouth

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"Villa are dreadful and it's been a catalogue of errors. It's a desperate situation. The fans are booing and it’s very difficult. He's played a debutant today, Jordan Lyden, and it's not helped."

GOAL - Aston Villa 0-2 Bournemouth

Joshua King

Joshua King pounces on a defensive error before powering into the Villa penalty area and dinking the ball over Brad Guzan.

Villa are on the cusp of an eighth successive defeat.

Josh King

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Leandro Bacuna does not mess about as he clears after Simon Francis whips the ball across the six-yard area. The faintest of touches from a blue shirt and that would have been 2-0.

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Huge news from Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace have gone ahead - Villa will not be relegated today if Norwich lose.

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Plenty of banners on view directed at Villa owner Randy Lerner.

There's another that has been seen before which reads: "No fight. No pride. No effort. No hope."

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Bournemouth will move to 41 points if they can hold on.

They look more likely to extend their lead than concede as the game enters the final quarter.

The visitors have made one change, midfielder Marc Pugh replacing winger Max Gradel.

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

That really was an astonishing miss. Kieran Richardson has never scored for Aston Villa. Now we know why. That should have been buried.


Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Great chance for Villa.

Jordan Ayew goes on a mazy run before delivering a perfect pass into the six-yard box for Kieran Richardson but the former Manchester United player can't connect.

How costly will that prove?

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Paul Watts-Othen: Villa almost certainly down now, tbf it's been a stay of execution since Dean Saunders left.

Robert Thompson: Now that we are pretty much 'officially' down, can we please start playing U21s!? This squad has no desire, no passion #avfc

Ross: If Villa played Newcastle I think they would both lose they are that bad, even though it's not possible.

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Defiant chants of "Villa until I die" break out among the home fans.

The rain is coming down heavily in the West Midlands.

In truth, the storm clouds have been gathering over Villa Park for months.

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Really poor from Villa.

They continue to give the ball away too easily while Bournemouth look the more likely to score.

Little sign of the fractured relationship between home players and fans being repaired.

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Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

One change for Villa at the start of the second half - forward Rudy Gestede replaces 20-year-old midfielder Jordan Lyden.

It makes sense. Villa need a goal.

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Huge half for Aston Villa who, right now, are 45 minutes from their first relegation for 29 years.

We're back under way.

'Pathetic, diabolical'

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Paul Franks

Presenter, BBC WM at Villa Park

"It's been pathetic. It's absolutely diabolical. Villa have put as team out there to contain. There's no goal threat or intent. In midfield they haven't got hold of the ball and have been sloppy. 

"The fans wanted to see something and they have gone out there to try and sit back and hold on to a 0-0."

Villa down if scores stay the same

Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

It's 0-0 between Crystal Palace and Norwich City.

As it stands, Aston Villa will be relegated for the first time in 29 years if the scores stay the same.

Ashley Westwood
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HALF-TIME - Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

GOAL - Aston Villa 0-1 Bournemouth

Steve Cook

Is that the goal that sends Aston Villa down?

A short corner ends in Steve Cook flicking home from close range right at the end of the first half. 

The mood inside Villa Park just got a whole lot uglier.

Steve Cook

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Home fans are turning on Villa.

Leandro Bacuna carelessly gives away possession deep inside his own half. Jeers break out in the Holte End.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth


A free-kick to Bournemouth is swung into the Villa penalty area and Joshua King attempts a spectacular volley into the top corner but gets it horribly wrong.

Five minutes to half-time.


Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Three of Bournemouth's final five games after this are against Liverpool (home), Chelsea (home) and Manchester United (away). They could do with securing another season in the Premier League by taking three points at Villa Park. 

Third booking of the game as Idrissa Gueye brings down Tommy Elphick.


Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

This game really is crying out for a goal.

It's now 1-1 in terms of bookings as Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels trips Scott Sinclair.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

The good news for Villa is that it remains goalless between Crystal Palace and Norwich. Remember, Norwich have to better Villa's result to relegate the Premier League's bottom club today.


Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

First caution of the game as Steve Cook goes in strongly on Idrissa Gueye.

The Villa player climbs to his feet to create a chance for Kieran Richardson but the former Manchester United and Sunderland can't keep his shot down.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Villa haven't looked like finding the net in the first 25 minutes and have now gone more than six and a half hours without scoring. 

This game is in desperate need of quality. Both teams are struggling to keep possession and create any meaningful chances.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

After the six-goal feast at Upton Park earlier, this is a drab, scrappy contest.

Don Gosling drags his shot wide from distance. Both teams have enjoyed spells of possession but chances are at a premium.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Ashley Westwood finds Row Z from 20-yards out. Villa, to be fair, are competing even though they are all but down.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth know victory here will all but secure another season in the Premier League.

The visitors, wearing blue and black colours, have started well. They are creating chances down both flanks but there's been little in the way of chances so far.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Ten minutes gone here and at Selhurst Park, where Norwich are drawing 0-0 with Crystal Palace.

As it stands, Villa are 15 points from safety with five games remaining after this.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Villa Park is filling up as fans take their seats after staying away for the first seven minutes. 

It's fair to say they haven't missed much. 


Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth's first serious threat almost results in a goal.

Nice lay-off by Max Gradel to Lewis Grabban who forces a full length diving save from Brad Guzan after letting fly from outside the area.

Lewis Grabban
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Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

It's eerily quiet inside Villa Park.

The home side break and Idrissa Gueye sends a half-volley over after Cissokho and Richardson link up well.

It doesn't improve the mood inside the ground.

Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

We'll keep you up to date with what is happening at Selhurst Park. Remember, Villa's relegation will be confirmed if Norwich better their result away to Crystal Palace.


Aston Villa 0-0 Bournemouth

Will Aston Villa show some fight and survive another day? Or is the day they are relegated for the first time in 29 years?

We're under way.

'Players need to win back fans'

Aston Villa v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

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Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black: "The potential of relegation didn't come about yesterday, it's been going on for a long while. Last week I said I want the players to get the supporters back on side, only the players can do that."  

'Frankenstein's dreadful team'

Aston Villa v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"All the fight has long gone; only the final, stinking few breaths of Villa's awful season remain. If they get a worse result against Bournemouth than Norwich get at Crystal Palace, then they will be relegated.

"Many people have played a part in Villa's demise - and protests at the absent owner Randy Lerner are expected again on Saturday.

"This dreadful team seems to have been assembled on a blueprint last used by Dr Frankenstein - roughly grafting together dubious body parts that have long since seen better days, in the hope that they might somehow function as a whole."

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