English Premier League, Aston Villa vs Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.
’s Joshua King, left, and ’s Micah Richards, in action during their match at the , Bournemouth, England Saturday Aug. 8, 2015. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Bournemouth’s first ever game in the English topflight ended in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday as the newcomers were given a painful introduction to Premier League .

The much-awaited game at Vitality Stadium was decided by ’s header in the 72nd minute for last season’s FA Cup finalists.

A seaside club with a stadium capacity of less than 12,000, Bournemouth has made a remarkable rise through the professional ranks after nearly going out of business and just avoiding relegation from the fourth division six years ago.

Bournemouth, whose fortunes were rescued by Russian investor , had chances in the first half with being denied by Villa keeper and firing high and wide, both opportunities from a dozen meters.