Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 1: Late Stanislas penalty secures win for Cherries

Mamadou Sakho's calamitous foul enabled Junior Stanislas to score a penalty which earned Bournemouth a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Junior Stanislas scored a late penalty against Crystal Palace   -  Getty Images

Junior Stanislas took full advantage of Mamadou Sakho's blunder to convert a late penalty and secure a 2-1 Premier League win for Bournemouth over Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey looked set to be Palace's hero when he denied Callum Wilson seven minutes from time, as Bournemouth - who had taken a fifth-minute lead through David Brooks' first goal for the club - looked to go ahead again following Patrick van Aanholt's equaliser.

However, Sakho clumsily brought down Jefferson Lerma as stoppage time approached, and referee Mike Dean duly pointed to the spot.

Substitute Stanislas made no mistake, coolly lifting a shot down the middle with three minutes to go to ensure Bournemouth returned to winning ways in the Premier League following its defeat at Burnley last time out.

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Brooks started well and opened his Bournemouth account with a sublime finish that went in off the crossbar. Luka Milivojevic's free-kick almost gave Palace an immediate response, while Steve Cook headed straight at Hennessey at the other end.

Palace had its equaliser 10 minutes into the second half. Van Aanholt seemed to be offside when he latched onto Wilfried Zaha's pass, but the linesman's flag stayed down, allowing the Dutchman to hammer home at the near post.

Wilson should have restored Bournemouth's lead in the 83rd minute, but the striker failed to beat Hennessey when put through one-on-one.

His blushes were soon sparred, though, Sakho needlessly bundling into Lerma, with Stanislas keeping his composure to clinch the points from the spot.

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What does it mean: Bournemouth's home comforts continue

Eddie Howe's side has only dropped two points so far this season at the Vitality Stadium, and the Cherries continued its good home form with its late rally. Bournemouth is up into seventh, just two points behind Tottenham and Arsenal, while Palace is entrenched in mid-table.

Super-sub Stanislas
Stanislas had been on the pitch just three minutes when he stepped up to take the winning spot-kick, and with regular penalty taker Wilson in poor form in front of goal, the former West Ham winger took on the responsibility and kept his nerve.

Sakho's moment of madness proves costly
Sakho had put in an impressive performance at the heart of Palace's defence, but - after missing a gilt-edged chance against Newcastle United last week - the Frenchman made a ridiculous decision to charge in on Lerma, and Roy Hodgson will no doubt be furious.

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Key Opta facts:

- Crystal Palace has won just one of its last six top-flight games, after winning each of the four before that.
- At 21 years and 84 days, Brooks is the youngest player to score for Bournemouth in the Premier League.
- Wilson has been directly involved in four goals in his last four home Premier League games for Bournemouth.
- Since the start of last season, Crystal Palace’s Van Aanholt has scored six Premier League goals; among defenders, only Marcos Alonso has more (eight), with Nacho Monreal also on six.
- Zaha has had a hand in 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances (eight goals, two assists), one more goal involvement than he managed in his 32 games before that.

What's next?
Bournemouth travels to Watford in its next outing, while Palace will look to bounce back when it hosts in-form Wolves before heading into the international break.

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