The Kiwi defender supported his young defensive partner very well and ensured that together they blunted any Stoke attacks, either in the air to Jones or on the floor with Walters.
Will have had cold hands after a very quiet first half, the keeper was not tested once although should have been better placed for Etherington's miss in the 14th minute. Will be disappointed with Huth's goal but he had no chance from such close range. He did make two further saves from Kenwyne Jones to keep his side in the match.
The youngster made a good return to the first team and looked dangerous down Blackburn's left-hand side. He had one particularly good run in the first half when he beat two men with some neat skill but his final ball was well cleared by Huth.
Dealt with the danger provided by Etherington well, he used all of his experience to ensure that he stayed close to his man and didn't let him have an easy crossing opportunity all game.
Handled himself well throughout the game, worked well with Nelsen and Hanley and dealt with the tricky play of Jermaine Pennant well.
The youngster was eager to impress and he looked solid at the heart of the Rovers defence. The aerial threat of Kenwyne Jones was dealt with well by Hanley and Nelsen.
Dunn worked very hard in both attack and defence for his side in what was a real midfield battle against Delap and Whitehead. Was replaced by Hoilett midway through the second half as Steve Kean looked to get his side back in the game.
Delivered some very dangerous set pieces into the Stoke penalty area but none of his team-mates were able to get on the end of them to put Rovers ahead.
A battling midfield performance from the Australian but he was not able to create any real opportunities for Diouf and Kalinic.
Struggled like his strike partner Diouf. He did have sight of goal on a couple of occasions but they were really only half chances which he was unable to test Begovic with.
Didn't get a huge amount of decent service during the first half and as a result Diouf was marked out of the match by Shawcross and Huth.
Like his opposite number, Robinson, Begovic didn't have a shot to save in the lacklustre first half. With Blackburn more adventurous in the second half he was called into action to save from Diouf and Hanley but otherwise he had an easy afternoon.
Coped with the pace of Emerton and Salgado well throughout the game and was rarely troubled by the Blackburn attacks.
The full-back gave a strong performance against Olsson, and although he was booked for a clumsy tackle, he very rarely looked troubled against the Blackburn winger.
Commanding performance at the back from Huth who marshaled the threat of Diouf and Kalinic well. Showed his aerial ability with his goal early in the second half as he met an Etherington corner and headed home.
The Stoke captain had an easy first half as Blackburn struggled to create any real chances, and alongside his defensive colleagues Shawcross was resolute in denying the opposition strikers a clear sight of goal.
The midfielder had a good game in the centre of midfield but was most dangerous from his lethal long throw-ins. A first half throw created a great chance for Etherington, and throughout the match he provided an excellent attacking weapon for his side.
Went about his work very quietly and performed his role very efficiently, there was nothing sensational about his performance but he gave Stoke a calming influence in the middle of the park.
Will have been disappointed to miss a great chance in the first half from a Delap throw when it seemed easier to tap the ball into the open goal but he fired it wide. He made up for his mistake early in the second half as he delivered a great ball onto the head of Huth for the opening goal. Was replaced by Whelan in the second half after picking up a knock on his shin.
Full of tricks and skill but was unable to find a perfect delivery for his strikers during the first half. He improved during the second half but was still unable to find that killer ball.
Struggled to make a huge impact on the game, but was a very willing runner in an attempt to cause the Blackburn defence problems. Didn't have a clear sight of goal throughout the match.
The big striker was a constant threat to the Blackburn defence and won the majority of the balls played up to him in the air. Like Walters he didn't have many sights of goal but proved to be a nuisance which created opportunities for his team-mates.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 3 D. Higginbotham
Scored in injury time after just coming onto the pitch, his strike from five yards sealed the win for the Potters
- 20 T. Şanlı
- 6 G. Whelan
- 7 E. Guðjohnsen
Created the second goal for Wilson when he could have easily kept the ball in the corner. Provided some fresh legs late on and helped ease the pressure on the Stoke defence.