Substitue Akpo’s 75th minute header cancelled out 10-man Bournemouth’s 53rd minute goal and rescues a point for North End.
Super-Sub Akpo Sodje saved PNE’s blushes with a late equaliser against 10-man Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Bournemouth played more than an hour with just 10-men on the field after Harry Arter was sent off for picking up two yellow cards.
North End could not make the extra man pay and it was the Cherries who took the lead after Tommy Elphick ripples the back of the net,
But Sodje scored his first competitive goal for PNE in the 75th minute to rescue Graham Westley’s side as he powerfully headed home Bailey Wright’s cross.
Arter was in the action early on as he fizzed the ball over the bar from 30-yards out in the sixth minute.
Wes Thomas had a string of chances as he forced North End keeper Thorsten Stuckmann to parry his angled shot away, glanced a header wide of the far post and tested Stuckmann once again.
But the hosts were reduced to 10 in the 27th minute when Arter got his marching orders for his second caution inside six minutes. His first was for blocking a free-kick being taken and when he caught Lee Holmes referee Carl Berry brandished a second yellow and then a red.
Holmes went close in the 33rd minute but he was stretchered off after colliding with an advertising board as he tried to keep the ball in by the corner flag moments later.
PNE started the second half well and David Amoo threatened just three minutes in.
His strike clipped a defender and looped high over the bar.
But it was Bournemouth who took the lead in the 53rd minute.
Wright conceding a free-kick to the left of the box after fouling Marc Pugh.
Pugh whipped the free-kick into the box for Elphick to meet at the near post and flick a header across goal into the far corner.
Westley made a double substitution in the 64th minute as David Buchanan and Sodje replaced Amoo and Jack King.
North End went close in the 73rd minute as Wright latched on to Scott Laird and nodded the ball towards goal but Thomas was on hand to clear the ball off the line.
But the Lilywhites did find the back of the net just two minutes later as they bagged their first goal in League One action of the 2012/13 season.
Wright delivered a peach of the cross from the right-wing which Sodje rose to meet and power a header into the roof of the net from eight yards.
In the 81st minute Cherries substitute Lewis Grabban tried his luck with a 20-yard shot but Stuckmann dived to meet the effort and managed to cling on to the ball.
Laird’s cheeky back heel effort was deflected behind for a corner. And North End nearly mustered a winner from the subsequent set-piece.
Laird whipped the ball deep beyond the back post Keith Keane nodded it back into the middle and Wright’s instinctive first-time shot flashed inches wide.
In the closing stages, North End pressed for a winner, but couldn’t quite find a way through, although their efforts earned them warm applause from the 348 travelling fans.