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Bournemouth boss Parker delighted after shock victory over Aston Villa

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker was delighted after their shock 2-0 opening day win against Aston Villa.

The Cherries took the lead on three minutes - with Villa temporarily down to 10 men as left-back Lucas Digne was off the pitch to remove jewellery. Debutant Marcus Tavernier's corner was headed down by Lloyd Kelly for Jefferson Lerma to fire home.

They should have taken a two-goal lead into the interval but Kieffer Moore was unable to meet Adam Smith's low ball into the box, which was played through by the excellent Dominic Solanke.

Wales international Moore, who at the age of 29 was making his debut in the top flight, eventually doubled the home side's lead with a commanding header on 80 minutes after Kelly played a dangerous cross back into Villa's area.

Parker said: "We understood the challenge we faced today. It was crucial we got a result. We brought passion, desire and energy, and we were well worthy of the result.

"My message to the players was to embrace the challenge. There are many more challenges coming but with that attitude, we have a chance."

On Moore scoring in the Premier League, the manager added: "He is a different option for us. He suffered with a big injury. We have worked tirelessly with him and he gives us an option. He is a mobile No 9, a big threat in and around the box. He was well worthy of his goal."


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