The Bosnian wasn’t troubled too much before Palace’s opener, but the ‘keeper was certainly tested with Chamakh’s strike just after the half-hour mark, the Moroccan slotting the ball underneath the Stoke player’s body.
Played well in the heart of defence, only occasionally allowing Chamakh to make his way onto the ball and dealt with Palace’s attacks confidently.
The right-back was one of the culprits of the opening goal, with the American defender failing to give Shawcross the support required to keep Chamakh away from goal. Had a much more solid second-half.
Stoke’s new boy had a challenge going up against an energised Jason Puncheon, with the Dutchman occasionally allowing the Southampton loanee to slip through on the left and cut inside, but the defender was aware enough on the majority of times to restrict the midfielder’s space.
The Potters captain failed to close Chamakh down quickly enough when the striker put the visitors a goal up in the first half, giving the Palace man plenty of room to put the ball in the net. However, the centre-back more than made up for his error, tapping home Stoke’s second goal of the afternoon to put them in the lead.
A relatively solid performance from the midfielder who did well to keep Stoke moving through the middle, whilst also playing well as an anchor man just ahead of the defence.
Played decently through the middle, but didn’t offer the likes of Crouch the support required, with that coming namely from the wings. However, the midfielder was there to spread the play to Etherington and Walters to keep the ball going forward in the wide channels.
It was Etherington who helped Stoke start the game in such a positive manner, the winger playing the ball in from the left on numerous occasions and Crouch able to put his head on the odd cross to trouble Palace’s goalkeeper.
The former Liverpool man put on an energetic performance to drive Stoke forward and even had a couple of chances himself, albeit from long distance. His effort was repaid in the second half, placing in a loose ball at the far post to get Stoke back on level terms with Palace.
Not as active as Etherington on the wings, but Walters was still in the mix and gave Stoke a decent option over on the right side. The attacker was as happy to supply as he was take on the goal on his own and came close just after the restart.
Stoke’s big man up top came close a number of times in the first-half, firstly heading just over Speroni’s bar, before forcing a great save from the Palace man following the visitor’s opener. Crouch looked dangerous first the remainder of the game before being subbed at the end.
The Palace goalkeeper made a handful of good saves, but they weren’t enough to earn him a clean sheet, as Stoke’s two goals might have been avoided with better awareness, although an unorganised defence in front of him on both occasions could have also helped proceedings.
Had a hard time against Etherington during several Stoke attacks and allowed too many crosses to come into the Palace box, but gained a bit more confidence in the second-half to restrict Stoke’s chances.
A lack of organisation led to both of Stoke’s goals, with Delany and his colleagues requiring a little more positional awareness, which was a shame as the Palace back four had had decent first-half.
The former QPR man was another to point the finger at during Stoke’s two goals, with himself and other defenders huddling too close to each other, allowing the Potters attackers too much room.
The full-back had a better game than his last outing and did fairly well against Walters on the left as well on the attack, but the defender still managed to allow the attacker the space to give the hosts a chance.
The loanee looked determined to make an impression on his full debut for Palace and was always on hand during the counter over on the right wing. However, this didn’t last into the second-half and the midfielder looked to run out of steam and was eventually subbed.
The Palace captain looked determined when on the ball, but failed to be truly inspirational on a whole.
Looked confident going forward, but didn’t make the most of his time on the ball and lacked that final ball for the attackers ahead.
Had the Eagles’ first clear chance of the afternoon, snapping inside from the left and testing Begovic into a save. However, this was not something that set the tempo for the rest of his game and failed to serve up anything else of note.
Making his first start for the Eagles, the Moroccan didn’t look too dangerous until his goal; the striker taking on Shawcross easily before placing the ball comfortably underneath the body of Begovic. This attacking spirit didn’t carry on into the second half and the striker was subbed.