AFC Bournemouth were unable to make their chances count as they were beaten for the first time at home since August – losing to Sunderland 1-2.
Dan Gosling’s early goal was cancelled out by Victor Anichebe on the half-hour mark, before Steven Pienaar’s second yellow of the game saw him sent off early in the second half.
A Black Cats break was then rewarded after Anichebe was brought down in the box, leaving former Cherries striker Jermain Defoe on hand to net the winner from the spot, despite the Cherries creating numerous opportunities.
Eddie Howe made two changes to the side that lost at Middlesbrough with Gosling and Junior Stanislas coming in for the injured Andrew Surman and Callum Wilson.
Harry Arter was in the thick of the action straight from the referee’s whistle, picking up a yellow card within two minutes yet forcing Jordan Pickford into a superb save from 20-yards minutes later.
However, the England under-21s keeper was unable to stop the Cherries’ next move.
11 minutes in, Stanislas’ neat pass found Adam Smith inside the box, whose cross left Gosling simply needing to chest the ball goalwards from close-range for his second of the season.
Howe’s side soon found momentum, with Joshua King robbing the ball off Lamine Kone and playing it into Stanislas, who saw his effort smash into the side-netting.
The Cherries continued to press as Stanislas squeezed the ball between Kone and Papy Djilobodji, finding King who raced through but Pickford was put to the test once again, denying the striker with a solid save.
But, with a little over half-an-hour gone, Bournemouth’s missed chances were punished.
Defoe rolled the ball into Anichebe, who hammered his shot into the top right-hand corner of the net from a tight angle.
It was the Black Cats who continued to threaten before the break, with Watmore’s close-range effort ruled offside by the linesman.
Sunderland started the second half as they ended the first, with Billy Jones’ cross evading everyone in the Bournemouth box and Dider Ndong’s shot from range needing Artur Boruc to parry away.
It was then over to the Cherries to enjoy their share of the ball. Stanislas’ cross was too high for half-time substitute Benik Afobe, while Jack Wilshere was unable to convert from Charlie Daniels’ squared ball.
On the hour mark, matters got worse for Sunderland as Pienaar was awarded a second yellow card for a ferocious challenge on Stanislas.
The hosts made used the extra man to their advantage from then on, as shortly after, Stanislas was put through at a slight angle, but saw his side-footed effort clip the post.
Wilshere was presented with his second key chance of the game just moments later as the Cherries produced a flurry of chances, playing a one-two with Stanislas inside the area before seeing his shot fly just wide.
However, the tables soon turned once again as dominance from the Cherries could not be taken advantage of. Smith brought down Anichebe after a Sunderland break, leaving Defoe to convert the spot kick on 74 minutes.
The final ten minutes saw the Cherries pepper the visitors’ goal, with a big chance falling to Afobe who side footed an effort from six-yards narrowly wide.
Substitute Ryan Fraser then saw his free-kick loop over the bar, before Steve Cook couldn’t direct the next set-piece with his header gliding wide.
Pickford arguably kept his side in the game after Afobe’s nod down to King was emphatically pummelled over in the dying moments, preserving the Black Cats’ lead and condemning Howe’s men somehow to their first home defeat in the last five games at Vitality Stadium.