MANAGER Jason Tindall was pleased to see “creative” Junior Stanislas open his goal account for the campaign and added: “He has been waiting to get off the mark.”

Stanislas struck twice for the Dorset club during Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Vitality Stadium.

The former Burnley and West Ham ace latched on to a delightful pass from David Brooks to coolly tap home the opener after just three minutes.

He then held his nerve from the penalty spot after Dominic Solanke was brought down in the area by Jack Colback.

Giving his verdict on the 30-year-old’s performance, Tindall told the Daily Echo: “Junior is a big player. He’s a creative player and has got great understanding of space and technical ability.

“He’s a really good team player, so I am really pleased Junior got two goals. He has been waiting to get off the mark.

“Junior has had some really good moments in games. Normally he would have already scored by now but he’s been getting good chances.

“I was pleased with the first goal he scored and when you see Junior step up from the penalty spot you are always confident. He has done it time and time again for us.

“The pleasing thing for me was it was a great run from deep (for his first) – a penetrating run in behind and the quality of the finish was excellent.”

Stanislas featured 20 times for Cherries during the 2014-15 season, where the club sealed the Championship title and promotion to the top flight.

Asked whether that experience would help the class of 2020, Tindall replied: “I think it helps when you’ve got players that have been here and played games at the level and been part of the squad that’s been promoted from the division.

“It does help - although Junior didn’t play too many games in the season we did get promoted.

“But he was around, he knew what was expected. He knew what performances we needed to win games and I think we are starting to see some really consistent performances from Junior.”