AFC Bournemouth returned to winning ways thanks to a stunning Junior Stanislas goal against Everton at Vitality Stadium.
Stanislas, who in the corresponding fixture last season had scored two late goals to seal a point, struck on 23 minutes to seal a deserved three points.
It was a Bournemouth performance full of energy and endeavour, as Everton succumbed to their first defeat of the 2016/17 season.
Eddie Howe made a single change to the starting line-up that had previously taken to the field in the Cherries’ Premier League outing at Manchester City.
Callum Wilson was back in from the off, with Joshua King missing out entirely on the matchday 18. Lys Mousset was on the bench.
Bournemouth started the game at breakneck tempo. Charlie Daniels saw a lot of the ball in the early exchanges and after just two minutes his delivery from the left was glanced across the face of goal by Wilson.
The visitors responded to the early pressure and up the other end Artur Boruc was on hand to superbly paw away Romelu Lukaku’s header from a Kevin Mirallas set piece delivery.
But Bournemouth continued to engineer the better openings. Wilson escaped the attentions of Ashley Williams before squaring for Jack Wilshere whose shot deflected onto the crossbar.
When cutting in from the left Jordon Ibe then flashed a low shot inches wide, before from a similar area Harry Arter’s effort clipped the base of the post.
And the early Bournemouth pressure paid off on 23 minutes.
Arter slipped a pass into Stanislas, who after drifting infield into a pocket of space 25 yards from goal took a touch to set himself before letting fly. The shot whistled through the air, beyond Maarten Stekelenberg’s dive and into the net.
The remainder of the first period passed without any further goalmouth action.
It took until ten minutes into the second period for the game’s next opportunity to arrive.
Yannick Bolasie crossed from the right, with Ross Barkley arriving in the area to plant a header into the ground and wide of the post.
Everton were playing with an added impetus, with Ronald Koeman introducing Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu.
On 75 minutes Bolasie combined with Lukaku before shooting over the bar from the edge of the area.
For all Everton’s possession, goalscoring chances were few and far between. Arter and the Cherries midfield snapped into the challenges as the visitors became increasingly frustrated.
And there was to be no breakthrough. Everton substitute Enner Valencia kneed an effort wide late on, but aside from that Boruc was rarely troubled in the final throes as Bournemouth secured three points.