Mbwana Samatta scored Aston Villa’s first headed goal in the Premier League this season, during their 2-1 loss against AFC Bournemouth.
Villa’s game against Bournemouth was their 25th Premier League match of the season, but somehow, Samatta’s goal was their first scored with a head this term, as said by the commentator on Sky Sports’ highlights.
Jack Grealish had played the ball into Keinan Davis, who turned and took a shot that looped up off of Simon Francis’ foot, which allowed Samatta to get in ahead of Aaron Ramsdale and head the ball into the back of the net.
The main takeaway from the game is that Villa walked away without securing any points, which means they are still just one point above the relegation zone, however, when looking for positives, the nature of this goal is where it can most likely be found.
First of all, Samatta’s anticipation is superb. As soon as the ball leaves Davis’ foot, the Tanzanian is already aware that he may be able to sniff out a chance.
Then there is the bravery and focus to watch the ball onto his head and guide it past Ramsdale, despite the fact that it was highly likely he would get a clattering from the Cherries goalkeeper.
There is also the fact that he has already done what no other player in the team has been able to, whether that is Wesley in the box or the likes of Tyrone Mings coming up for corners.
If Villa are to stay up, they will need to find various ways to score goals, in addition to keeping them out with greater regularity.
Therefore, the fact that it has taken them so long to score a header is surprising, though it will be encouraging that Samatta has managed to end that record.
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