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Stoke 1-2 Bournemouth: Surman and Stanislas goals earn win

Stoke’s season went from bad to worse after a first-half double whammy did for them at the bet365 stadium. 

Goals from Andrew Surman and a Benik Afobe penalty proved enough to earn Bournemouth their second Premier League win of the season. A fightback and Mame Diouf’s third goal in as many games was not sufficient to stop the boos raining down at the final whistle. 

Imagine how many hours Mark Hughes has spent on the training ground this week, hoping that his words and actions would help exorcise the memories of that 7-2 thrashing by Manchester City. Imagine his careful team selection, striking the right balance between gung-ho and defensive against a team in the bottom three and with the most dreadful of away records. 

Andrew Surman peeled away in celebration after he blasted Bournemouth into an early lead with a hard low drive

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross clumsily brought down Bournemouth forward Benik Afobe in the area and conceded a penalty

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross clumsily brought down Bournemouth forward Benik Afobe in the area and conceded a penalty

Junior Stanislas doubled their advantage just two minutes later by calmly putting the ball down the middle from the spot

Junior Stanislas doubled their advantage just two minutes later by calmly putting the ball down the middle from the spot

Mame Biram Diouf halved the deficit in the second half after putting the ball beyond the sprawling Asmir Begovic 

Mame Biram Diouf halved the deficit in the second half after putting the ball beyond the sprawling Asmir Begovic 

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE

Stoke City (5-4-1) Butland 6.5; Johnson 5 (Crouch, 58, 6), Cameron 6.5, Shawcross 6.5, Zouma 7, Pieters 6.5; Fletcher 6.5 Allen 6, Choupo-Moting 7, Jese 6.5 (Berahino, 80); Diouf 7 

Subs not used: Grant, Wimmer, Afellay, Adam, Ramadan Goals: Diouf 62

Booked: NONE

Scorer: Diouf (63)

Manager: Mark Hughes 

Bournemouth (4-4-1-1) Begovic 6.5; Smith 7, Francis 7, Ake 7, Daniels 6.5; Ibe 6.5 (Pugh, 86), Surman 7.5, L Cook 7 (Arter, 76), Stanislas 8; Mousset 7 (S Cook, 61), Afobe 7 

Subs not used: Boruc, Gosling, Wilson, Fraser Goals: Surman 16, Stanislas 18 (pen)

Booked: Cook (67)

Scorers: Surman (16), Stanislas (18)

Manager: Eddie Howe 

Referee: Lee Probert 7 

Man of the match: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) 

Attendance: 29,500 

A neat move down the right-hand side led to Andrew Surman blasting into the bottom corner to give Bournemouth the lead with just 16 minutes on the clock. CLICK HERE for more from Sportsmail's brilliant MATCH ZONE.

A neat move down the right-hand side led to Andrew Surman blasting into the bottom corner to give Bournemouth the lead with just 16 minutes on the clock. CLICK HERE for more from Sportsmail’s brilliant MATCH ZONE.

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Then imagine what was going through his mind as two minutes of madness effectively dismantled all his best-laid plans. Bournemouth are not exactly world beaters. In fact, defeat at the bet365 Stadium would have confirmed their worst start to a League campaign. 

So how Stoke contrived to let them score twice in the blink of an eye is a question that Hughes has every right to ask when he analyses this game next week. Blow No 1 came after a ball from Adam Smith found Junior Stanislas on the right-hand side. The pass teed up Andy Surman who gave Jack Butland no chance. 

From the re-start Bournemouth bombed forward again and Benik Afobe crashed to the sodden turf under the challenge of Ryan Shawcross. The Stoke skipper did not do much complaining as referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot. Up stepped Stanislas to convert, much to the ire of the home crowd. 

Ibrahim Afellay takes his place on the Stoke bench prior to kick-off and removes the head rests for a better view of the match

Ibrahim Afellay takes his place on the Stoke bench prior to kick-off and removes the head rests for a better view of the match

Stoke defender Glen Johnson jumps to compete for the ball with Junior Stanislas and heads the ball up the pitch

Stoke defender Glen Johnson jumps to compete for the ball with Junior Stanislas and heads the ball up the pitch

Kurt Zouma uses his strength to shield the ball from Bournemouth attacker Lys Mousset during the first 45 minutes

Kurt Zouma uses his strength to shield the ball from Bournemouth attacker Lys Mousset during the first 45 minutes

Stoke defender Shawcross looks dejected after Stanislas converted the spot kick he had conceded for a foul on Afobe

Stoke defender Shawcross looks dejected after Stanislas converted the spot kick he had conceded for a foul on Afobe

They made their feelings known, as they tend to do in this neck of the woods and you couldn’t really blame them. It is one thing to be played off the park by the team favourite to win the Premier League and a very different scenario when meeting fellow strugglers. 

Hughes’ pre-match message that a top-ten place was on offer needed a major rebranding less than a quarter of the way through the match. To be fair to Stoke, they did not lack for effort but how they lacked for quality. Diouf was the main threat and he forced a save from Asmir Begovic, back at his old stomping ground. 

The keeper carved out his reputation in the Potteries before leaving for Chelsea and while his welcome reception was not euphoric, it was certainly respectful. With Bournemouth looking to counter attack, Stoke’s forays forward were beginning to suggest reward might be round the corner. 

Stoke manager Mark Hughes shows his frustration as he stretches his arms out to question his side's performance 

Stoke manager Mark Hughes shows his frustration as he stretches his arms out to question his side’s performance 

Nathan Ake rides a challenge from Maxim Choupo-Moting in his half as he brings the ball forward for the away side

Nathan Ake rides a challenge from Maxim Choupo-Moting in his half as he brings the ball forward for the away side

Choupo-Moting tracks back and superbly times his sliding challenge to dispossess the advancing Lewis Cook

Choupo-Moting tracks back and superbly times his sliding challenge to dispossess the advancing Lewis Cook

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe shouts out instructions to his players and applauds his side from the touchline

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe shouts out instructions to his players and applauds his side from the touchline

Diouf and Adam Smith clash and square up after the latter was unhappy with a challenge from the Stoke forward

Diouf and Adam Smith clash and square up after the latter was unhappy with a challenge from the Stoke forward

Maxim Choupo-Moting was inches the wrong side of the post with a header. Close but no cigar. And so a half-time rollicking of epic proportions is likely to have followed. Quiet man Hughes has quite the temper as anyone who ever watched him play can testify. 

From counterpart Eddie Howe the message would have been to keep the ship steady, not to do anything silly, and expect 45 minutes of sweat-sodden defending. Sure enough, Stoke came out and immediately looked more in the mood. Joe Allen was not very far away at all with a low shot on the skidding surface. 

Hughes decided to thrown on Peter Crouch for Glen Johnson and that was the catalyst for Stoke to close the gap. A hoof into the area, a knock on by Choupo-Moting and Diouf was there to make it three goals in three games. Stoke then had a call for a penalty. 

Jese complained he had been fouled by Smith but Probert was having none of it. Tempers started to fray and when Allen clipped Smith, clearly accidentally, Lewis Cook wasn’t so convinced. As Cook had already been booked, Howe sensibly elected to hook him. With the clock running down, Stoke desperately looked for one final opening but it was not to be.

Stoke substitute Peter Crouch does what he is brought on to do and leaps higher than Simon Francis to win the header

Stoke substitute Peter Crouch does what he is brought on to do and leaps higher than Simon Francis to win the header

Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe goes past Erik Pieters who clambers all over him and brings him down in a dangerous area

Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe goes past Erik Pieters who clambers all over him and brings him down in a dangerous area

Jese Rodriguez goes down in the area under a challenge from Smith and appeals for a penalty but the referee turns him away

Jese Rodriguez goes down in the area under a challenge from Smith and appeals for a penalty but the referee turns him away

The two sides clash again after Joe Allen puts in a heavy challenge on Smith towards the end of the second half

The two sides clash again after Joe Allen puts in a heavy challenge on Smith towards the end of the second half

Howe goes over to the travelling support at the final whistle and pumps his fist in the air in celebration of the slender victory

Howe goes over to the travelling support at the final whistle and pumps his fist in the air in celebration of the slender victory

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