Junior Stanislas scored a late penalty to condemn Crystal Palace to a 2-1 defeat after a moment of madness from Mamadou Sakho.

Welshman David Brooks scored his first top-flight goal in the first half before Patrick van Aanholt fired home an equaliser for Palace who were much improved after the restart.

It was in the 87th minute that Sakho was adjudged to have raised his arm and brought down Jefferson Lerma as a free-kick was being delivered.

Referee Mike Dean had no hesitation but to point to the spot and, on second review, you can’t blame him.

Bournemouth’s win moves them to seventh, while Roy Hodgson’s men remain in 13th.

Bournemouth struck early as Adam Smith found Calum Wilson in the box who teed up Brooks who expertly swept home with his left leaving his countryman Wayne Hennessey with no chance.

Hodgson must have had some choice words for his men at the break as they came out a different side. With Luka Milivojevic sitting deeper it allowed Van Aanholt to get forward more frequently, and it proved fruitful.

Although there will be question marks whether the Dutchman was onside when Zaha played the ball through, he made no mistake as he lashed home with his right.

Howe introduced Dan Gosling shortly after the goal in an attempt to ease the one-way traffic. It worked and the Cherries gained a foothold in the game.

Wilson should have found scored late on but he could find no way past Hennessey who saved with his legs.

Hennessey was called upon again soon after as he parried Gosling’s header away from close range.

The reprieve was short-lived, as moments later Bournemouth were awarded the penalty as Sakho was penalised for senselessly raising his arms in the box and catching Jefferson Lerma.

Substitute Stanislas made no mistake from the spot with what seemed to be his first touch, and the points stayed down south.

Hodgson was left looking rather annoyed on the touchline as tempers flared on the pitch in the closing moments as James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyaté were both shown yellows.