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Aston Villa manager Smith: We must heed Bournemouth lessons

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith admits they were given a harsh lesson after a 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

The Cherries were awarded a penalty after just 45 seconds when Callum Wilson was brought down in the box by Tom Heaton - on his home debut - and Joshua King made no mistake from the spot.

Harry Wilson, on a season-long loan at Eddie Howe's side from Liverpool, doubled the visitors' lead with just 12 minutes played when a deflection took his left-footed strike past Heaton.

Douglas Luiz, on his first start for Villa following his £15m switch from Manchester City, scored a consolation for the hosts, finding the top corner with a stunning strike from outside the box.

"We made two big mistakes, they had two goals in 10 minutes and it's difficult to come back from that in this league," Smith told BBC Match of the Day.

"You're always chasing at 2-0 and it allows them to slow it down and kill the game a little bit.

"We kept trying. I felt John McGinn drove the game forward, he had a couple of chances in the first half and we got the goal through Douglas, but we have to be better in possession and its a harsh lesson."

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