The Bosnia international did not have a great deal to do, with the combined efforts of Wilson and Shawcross preventing any Newcastle efforts from testing him.
Made several important blocks to protect his goalkeeper, putting in another solid performance to encourage whispers of the consistent central defender being an outside call to go to Brazil this summer.
Scored his first goal in six years with a rather fortunate cross-shot which looped over the disorientated Krul and in off the back post. Supported Arnautovic well throughout.
Provided a number of good crosses from the right-hand side, pushing on whenever possible, but Crouch was just unable to capitalise. Fortunate to not concede a first-half penalty, however.
The Irish defender was turned by neither Ameobi nor Cisse, having a fairly easy afternoon at the heart of the Stoke back line.
Linked midfield to attack on a few occasions but it was a generally quiet afternoon for the former Aston Villa man. Saw his best chance well blocked.
The battling defensive midfielder played the easy ball whenever possible, as Stoke looked to supply their left-hand side often.
The Frenchman was again a calm and composed cog in the Stoke midfield, able to pick out his teammates and kick-start attacks with his impressive passing range.
Stoke's most dangerous player without a shadow of a doubt, causing problems for Anita all afternoon with his pace and power, providing a few brilliant crosses without being afraid to try his luck himself.
Spurned two excellent headed opportunities, the first of which the former Spurs striker could only nod onto the foot of the near post from six yards.
Failed to capitalise on a couple of half-chances in the Newcastle box, not looking the same clinical forward which he has been in recent weeks.
Caught out by Pieters's spiralling first-half cross before making a few comfortable saves in the second half but not tested very often.
Fired a close-range effort into Shawcross deep in the penalty area, as the former Wycombe defender looked to net his first goal for Newcastle.
Unafraid to drive out of defence on occasion, given Newcastle's three central defenders, but was withdrawn due to yet another injury with half an hour to play.
Lost Crouch on several occasions, with the Englishman unable to convert. Received a yellow card for a cynical shove on Arnautovic, with the Argentine fortunate to have had Yanga-Mbiwa covering for him.
Drove down his flank on a few occasions early on but could not pick out a telling cross as a result. Hard-working in a respectable outing.
A quiet afternoon for the French attacking midfielder, who saw a close-range effort deflected behind well in an otherwise forgettable performance.
Kept possession moving but created nothing for the visitors, merely doing the basics well and looking solid.
Appeared in plenty of pockets of space but could not find the final ball or finishing touch for which Newcastle were crying out. Hard-working but lacking quality. Substituted sacrificially.
Struggled to deal with the combination of Pieters and Arnautovic down the Stoke left flank, although his work-rate was excellent. One of the Toon's best performers yet again.
Held up the ball well in the early stages but faded very quickly, starting to give away possession needlessly to break down promising Toon attacks.
Could have had a first-half penalty after being felled by a clumsy bodycheck from Cameron but otherwise did not have any real chances.
A solid outing from the substitute, who did well to cover behind Coloccini as the Argentine shoved Arnautovic cynically to the ground.
H. Ben Arfa
Picked up an injury after coming on, causing the talented forward to not commit himself 100 per cent to proceedings.
The youngster could only fare as well as the striker he replaced, as Newcastle struggled to provide ammunition for their bizarre strikeforce.