Got a strong palm to Baird's brilliant first goal, but could do nothing about the second, which was angled almost to perfection into the far corner. Some highly dubious kicking leave doubts as to the Bosnian's true top flight potential, however.
His poor clearance led to Baird's first and was not the Welshman's finest moment. Seemed to get a nosebleed whenever he ventured into opposition territory.
Slipped to almost allow Dempsey to roam through for an easy chance and the captain continued to have a wobbly first half, where his penchant for the punt upfield when under pressure did little to help his team-mates build from the back.
The local defender struggled to keep the roaming Davies quiet down Stoke's right, and was poor when he received the ball on the overlap. Taken off for ball-playing midfielder Wilson.
The German should have done better with a chance to equalise minutes after Baird's first goal and fluffed a chance to pull one back with 20 minutes remaining, but at least he got in the right places to score.
Fortunate not to be KO'd after being clattered by Hangeland, but the 34-year-old continued to defy his age with another high-energy performance.
The former West Ham man, Stoke's best outlet this season, struggled to get going. Taken off after a disappointing day at the office for Sanli Tuncay.
The former Sunderland man was a willing worker, but he lacks the class to prise open defences.
Put in some telling balls that really ought to have been cashed in on by the giant Jones and Stoke's burly centre-backs. Played like a man with a point - that being a hefty contract - to prove.
Should hang his head in shame after hanging his body in the air, seemingly metres above anyone else, before firing a close-range header over.
The Irishman, a man often unfairly derided by his own supporters, struggled to get into things. Unsurprisingly replaced by Fuller.
Looked unsure as to how to deal with Delap's long throws, but the Aussie was generally steady.
Steady and solid alongside Hangeland. Made a terrific recovery tackle as Fuller looked to tap into an almost empty goal.
Did a decent job in helping to keep Etherington quiet down the left, but should have gone in the book for an embarrassing moment of play-acting after pretending to break his arm as a result of a completely harmless brush with Pennant's shin.
His absolutely thumping half-volley had Begovic scrambling before it bobbled in, but his second was struck even better: a rasping daisy cutter of a set-play that had the Bosnian totally beaten. Went into the book for a niggly second half challenge.
Should have done better when presented with a chance after being released by Davies, but flapped under pressure and hit a tame shot.
Under fire from the Stoke fans after making an incendiary comment in October about the Potters' physical style, the former Liverpool man made things worse by putting in a display full of class and grit. Fulham's captain cleared off the line prior to the break, and dictated the midfield in the first half.
Smart and composed, the Welshman played on the left and used both feet well to spread and maintain the play.
The Irishman, playing on the right side of Fulham's four-man midfield, did an efficient job in tracking the pacy Etherington, but disappointed on the front foot.
The American put in a typically industrious display, and was forever a bane for Stoke's backline with his constant running.
Showed some deft touches in linking-up play, but still seems to lack sharpness in front of goal.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 3 D. Higginbotham
- 12 M. Wilson
- 6 G. Whelan
Brought on for the out-of-sorts Etherington but failed to get involved.
- 7 E. Guðjohnsen
Came on with over half an hour remaining to partner Jones and showed a couple of neat flicks that offered some sort of creative outlet. Should have done better after spinning into the area.