Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed the returning Junior Stanislas after he netted the winner from the spot against Crystal Palace.
Palace had equalised David Brooks’ opener through Patrick van Aanholt, scored from an offside position, when Mohamed Sakho’s wayward arm left referee Mike Dean with no option but to award a late penalty.
The hosts’ substitute Stanislas capitalised by scoring his first Premier League goal since his return from a six-month absence with a knee injury, consigning Palace to a fourth defeat from seven.
The 2-1 victory takes Bournemouth up to seventh – six places above Palace – and their manager Howe hailed the impact Stanislas made only three minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Howe said: “I’m really pleased. It was a very tough moment for him.
“He’d not touched the ball. He is the penalty taker and grabbed the ball. But it’s not easy to get the composure to grab the ball and take it. It was a huge moment for the team.
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“It’s been a long journey back from injury for him.We are delighted Junior was on the pitch as he has such a cool head.
“We had to defend well. We shaded it and deserved to win. They did well for long spells in the second half. But I was pleased with the mentality of the group to go again after conceding the equaliser.”
Brooks’ outstanding finish had given them the lead in only the fifth minute and represented his first goal for the club following his £10million transfer from Sheffield United.
Howe added: “He has outstanding technical qualities. He’s a goalscorer in waiting. (It was) a big moment for him. He’s started really well in his time with us, and the potential of his performances are huge.”