JUNIOR Stanislas dedicated his first Cherries goal to his family – and then revealed they had missed it because they were moving house.
Summer signing Stanislas came off the bench to net the winner as Eddie Howe’s men chalked up a 1-0 victory over Brentford on Saturday.
His 72nd-minute strike, which was set up by Ryan Fraser’s exquisite cross, helped keep Cherries top of the embryonic Championship table.
However, Stanislas’s fiancée Liz and twin sons Alex and Jacob, two, were unable to attend Dean Court as they have only just relocated to Dorset from Manchester.
Stanislas told the Daily Echo: “We have just moved so we are still unpacking boxes and things. My family are here but they are at the house so couldn’t come to the game.
“Everything needs to be in order before they come. It is difficult with twins and you need a hand from grandparents.
“The boys came to the last game at Burnley and were with me on the pitch at the end. They have both got AFC Bournemouth kits now and, hopefully, there will be plenty more goals for them to see.”
Stanislas and Fraser were both thrust into the action midway through the second half and combined to unlock the Brentford defence just seven minutes after coming on.
“The manager told me to express myself and to try to swing the game in our favour,” said Stanislas. “Ryan played a big part and is probably one of the sharpest players I have played with. Once you give him half a yard, he goes and there is no catching him.
“As soon as he set off, so did I. I knew they weren’t going to catch him and it was a tap-in. He put in a great ball and it was impossible for me to miss. I can’t praise him enough because every day in training he is really sharp.
“In previous years, I haven’t scored as many as I would have liked. I have had a few setbacks with injury but, when I have been available, I haven’t scored enough goals. Hopefully, now I am here, I can get myself in the team, stay fit and get those goals. It is always nice to score for a new club. It is a start and something I can build on. It will give me a bit more confidence going into the next game.”