Was called into action a couple of times in the first-half, both times by Leon Osman. Neither were tough to stop, but the goalkeeper did well to hold on. The Bosnian was undone however by his own man, as Crouch’s wayward header crept in at the corner during an Everton attack. Wasn’t given much to do in the secon period and stopped anything that got through his defence.
Playing at right-back, the German was kept busy by the three Everton attackers behind Jelavic, who were continuously switching positions, but he defended sternly to halt their advances on most occasions. Had a great chance to open the scoring from a corner, heading just over Howard’s bar.
Looked a little nervous amongst the likes of Pienaar and Cahill, but cleared his lines effectively when required. Was the man who put Jerome through to score his fantastic solo effort.
Defended well until Everton’s opener, allowing Cahill to head at goal far too easily. Recovered, however, and made sure the visitors couldn’t get another on target.
The full-back struggled to deal with Osman and the rest of the Everton attackers, but did just enough to stagger their progress on the attack.
The midfielder’s famous throws were causing havoc in the Everton area. Several times he had the Toffees racing around at the back to cover the likes of Crouch and Huth, with the odd one getting to their intended targets.
Often lost the ball too easily, but did well to occasionally get the ball wide for Walters and Etherington.
The winger was handed a great chance early on from just outside the Everton box, volleying straight at Howard. The rest of game saw the attacker have a few runs, but was often stopped by Distin.
The striker started well, getting his head to a couple of set-pieces early on and went close both times. However, it was the former Liverpool man who did the Toffees a favour, heading in off of Cahill’s rebounded effort past his own goalkeeper.
Took a nasty bang to the head early on that required lengthy treatment, but the attacker played on donning a bandaged temple, but didn’t really get going.
The former Sunderland man looked lethargic compared to Everton’s more mobile defenders and couldn’t use his strength to outdo them.
Had little to do in the first-half with most of Stoke’s chances going high or wide, but he did make one good stop as he clawed a high ball over his bar. In the second half he was outdone by Jerome’s equaliser, but the shot was deflected off Jagielka.
The Frenchman out on the left once more did well to deal with Etherington and supressing the attacks from his flank.
Defended admirably once more, this time keeping Walters at bay, with the attacker’s less than effective performance making the right-back’s job easier.
The England international was doing a fine job at the back for Everton until Jerome’s solo effort had both of the Toffees’ centre-backs on the chase for the striker. The No. 6 helped the shot on its way past Howard with a last ditch intervention that didn’t pay off.
Defended well for most of the match, but sometimes allowed Crouch and Huth too much space in the area to get a header close to Howard’s goal. Was left thoroughly outdone by Jerome for Stoke’ equaliser.
Sent out to pester another defence, the South African attacker wasn’t as deadly as he had been in his last two outings, but still caused problems at the back for Stoke.
Played brilliantly and was a nuisance for Stoke throughout, darting through the middle and on the wings. Caused trouble on a regular basis with flowing football.
The Belgian was a strong presence in the middle for the visitors, but looked a little off the pace and not as sharp as in his last two appearances.
It was the Australian’s header that set up Everton’s opener, Begovic saving his effort before Crouch’s poor clearance went past the Bosnian. The attacker looked lively all game, but couldn’t help conjure a second for Everton.
A player looking to continue his excellent Premier League start with another dazzling performance let the visiting fans down somewhat with a slightly tired display. He occasionally threw Everton a chance, but didn’t look at all like replicating his recent form.
The big striker was handed a rare start and immediately looked to get involved in Everton’s attacks. Was a presence the Stoke defenders struggled to deal with until injury forced the player off.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 30 R. Shotton
- 39 J. Woodgate
Came on to add fresh legs in the middle of the park.
- 40 W. Palacios
The Jamaican arrived with Whelan and Jerome, adding a new force for the Everton defence to deal with.
Came on just after the hour and made an instant contribution, bursting through the middle to take on Everton’s defence before blasting home an equaliser.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 34 S. Duffy
- 23 S. Coleman
- 20 R. Barkley
Came on in the first-half for the injured Anichebe and did a decent job before being taken himself late on.
Arrived late on and failed to help win the game for Everton.
Came on late and couldn't help bring a winner for Everton.