Could do nothing as Robert Huth gave the visitors the lead from a matter of yards. Otherwise survived the Stoke repertoire of set pieces and had few saves to make.
Made interceptions and blocks aplenty in an assured but not standout display. Could have helped Everton's cause by using the ball more quickly when going forward. Replaced by Gueye as Everton became desperate for a point.
Tracked back well to subdue Matthew Etherington but made few telling contributions going forward where Everton were really found lacking.
The closest player to Dean Whitehead for the Stoke goal, although it should never have been his man. Otherwise had a fairly decent game, beginning attacks in the second half by bringing the ball out of defence.
Struggled against the aerial prowess of Peter Crouch but dealt with everything else that came his way in his usual fearless fashion.
Didn't get enough of the ball in the first period, but always looked impressive when he did. As always, his set pieces were accurate, but found Stoke very well equipped to repel any aerial assault.
Some promising early bursts were let down by a poor final ball as the Russian drifted in an out of the game before being replaced by Jack Rodwell.
Still adapting to a central midfield role that would suit him better if he were alongside a more defensive partner. Shifted out to the left wing with the introduction of Jack Rodwell and was immediately more effective.
A typical Fellaini display saw him crashing the box in hope of grabbing a headed goal at every opportunity. He was well dealt with by the Stoke defence though, and created few opportunities for his teammates.
Should have got closer to Dean Whitehead as Stoke took the lead, and whilst he toiled admirably up front, he got no change out of Shawcross or Huth in a fairly anonymous display and was replaced by Stracqualursi on 75 minutes.
Played high up as a second striker but very rarely had the ball at his feet to be able to influence the game. His late darts into the area were as well-timed as ever but nothing came off for the Australian.
Was unpunished for a disastrous failed punch in the first half which could have given the hosts the lead and it was a shaky game from the Dane who looked surprisingly short on confidence. He was stretchered off following a clash with Tim Cahill.
Out of position at right back, but kept a lid on Bilyaletdinov to great effect before being replaced by a more natural full-back in Andy Wilkinson.
Rarely ventured beyond the halfway line but put in an accomplished performance defensively to prevent Everton from crossing - which is when the Blues looked at their most dangerous.
Was in the right place at the right time to give the Potters a lead against the run of play, diverting home Dean Whitehead's effort. Whilst being solid as per usual in defence.
He and Robert Huth had a tough time dealing with the late surges of Fellaini and Cahill but performed admirably, marshalling the inexperienced Vellios with ease.
Tried to prevent Leighton Baines from overlapping by forcing him inside and largely succeeded although he didn't contribute a huge amount going forward.
A rare Premier League start for Whitehead and must have been surprised to find himself in so much space as his early strike was flicked home by Robert Huth.
Blocked shots, made interceptions and tracked the runners in an effective performance more notable for his work in preventing an Everton goal than creating a Stoke one.
A couple of lively runs going forward but Coleman and Hibbert doubled up on him well. Rarely managed to cross the ball but won plenty of corners and throw-ins from which his team cause so many problems.
Ran non-stop but was more of an auxilliary midfielder than a strike partner for Peter Crouch. His role can not be underestimated though, and was vital in pressing the Everton ball-carriers.
Frequently isolated but demonstrated several examples of his fine first touch and did a good job at causing problems to the Everton defence despite a lack of support.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 15 S. Distin
Came on in central midfield as Everton looked to wrest control of the game from the visiting Potters and had a solidly-struck effort blocked when destined for goal.
- 18 P. Neville
- 20 R. Barkley
Introduced for an ineffective Vellios, the Argentine forward had few chances to speak of.
Only ten minutes to impress as he come on to play wide on the right.
Came on after 73 minutes to be confronted with an increasingly desperate home side in search of an equaliser. He made a strong late claim from a corner to seal a valuable away win.
- 28 A. Wilkinson
A late cameo to try and prevent a Blues equaliser.
- 40 W. Palacios
- 10 R. Fuller
- 33 C. Jerome
- 9 K. Jones