GOALS from Junior Stanislas and Sam Surridge proved not enough as Cherries missed the chance to go top of the Championship.

Jason Tindall’s side fell to a 3-2 defeat to Preston North End at Vitality Stadium, their first home loss of the season.

Strikes from Tom Barkhuizen, Scott Sinclair and Patrick Bauer ensured the Lilywhites grabbed all three points and ensured Cherries stayed behind early pace-setters Norwich.

Boss Tindall made three changes from the side that battled to a 2-2 draw at Rotherham on Saturday, with a first start handed to on loan Atletico Madrid youngster Rodrigo Riquelme.

The Spanish winger came into the XI along with Lewis Cook and Diego Rico. Philip Billing, Lloyd Kelly and Dan Gosling dropped to the bench.

Preston came into the contest having lost three of their previous four league meetings – meaning they sat 18th in the division ahead of kick-off.

Former Cherries youngster Jayden Stockley was on the visitors’ bench.

Cherries fired the first attempt after just six minutes. Good work from Riquelme tracking back allowed the hosts to counter – but Jefferson Lerma blazed over when he had other options.

The home side then had a big shout for a penalty waved away by referee Gavin Ward.

After Lerma’s chipped ball over the top found the run of Adam Smith, he went to ground under the challenge of North End skipper Alan Browne – but man-in-the-middle Ward was unmoved.

And things then got worse for Cherries as just three minutes later, Preston were ahead. Winger Daniel Johnson was set free down the left for the visitors on the counter.

His dangerous ball into the box evaded everyone until Barkhuizen smashed in at the back post.

Cherries then looked to respond when playmaker David Brooks drifted in off the right and fired at goal, his effort was comfortable for Lilywhites keeper Declan Rudd.

At the other end, Asmir Begovic was tasked with tipping over a drilled effort from Ireland international Sean Maguire, after he was allowed time to run at Cherries’ goal.

Riquelme then looked to spark something for the hosts. After cutting inside onto his left foot, the winger took aim but struck high and wide into the stand.

But a glorious chance then fell the way of defender Chris Mepham to restore parity.

After Brooks was fouled on the left, Riquelme’s free-kick was flicked onto the head of the Wales centre-back – who failed to direct the ball on target from close range.

Tindall opted to change things at the interval and introduced Surridge in place of Riquelme after the break.

But a moment of magic made it 2-0 to the visitors on 49 minutes.

After Preston found Sinclair on the counter, the former England under-21 international skipped away from Mepham before picking his spot and lofting the ball over Begovic from 40 yards out, into the top corner.

The visitors then added a third with 22 minutes left. Sinclair spotted the run of Johnson, who drilled in a cross for Bauer to convert in off the post.

Cherries were to respond just three minutes later, with Stanislas sending a free-kick over the wall and into the net past Rudd.

That was to be the Stanislas’s last act however, as he was replaced by Jaidon Anthony – the forward’s senior debut for Cherries coming on his 21st birthday.

And it was Anthony who helped give Cherries a lifeline with four minutes remaining. His jinking run allowed him to pull back for Surridge to head home.

Anthony then squandered an opportunity to level it in stoppage time, having fired over the top.

Cherries: Begovic; Smith, Mepham, S Cook, Rico (Kelly, 72); Stanislas (Anthony, 72), Lerma, L Cook (Billing, 72); Brooks, Solanke, Riquelme (Surridge, h-t).

Unused subs: Gosling, Ofoborh, Simpson, Kilkenny, Travers (g/k).

Booked: L Cook, Lerma.

Preston: Rudd, Browne, Bauer (Huntington, 90+6), Davies, Rafferty, Pearson, Ledson, Sinclair, Johnson (Bayliss, 90+5), Barkhuizen (Riis Jakobsen, 89), Maguire (Potts, 89).

Unused subs: Storey, Harrop, Holland-Wilkinson, Stockley, Ripley.

Booked: Pearson, Ledson.

Referee: Gavin Ward.