The Bosnian was rarely threatened and had just the one save to make in the opening 45 minutes, stopping Holt’s close-range header from penetrating his goal at the top-corner. It wasn’t until the second-half that the keeper had to come into action again, this time getting down well to halt Elliott Bennett’s effort from outside the box.
Returning to league action after a three-match suspension, the German had little to do at the back with most of the action in the Norwich third and was rarely involved.
Was doing well on the right-wing before Wilkinson was replaced with Pennant and reverted back to full-back. The 23-year-old got forward constantly and was a real work-horse for the Potters, combining effectively with his partner down the flank.
Didn’t last the first-half after being replaced by Pennant midway through the opening 45 minutes.
Like his partner in the back four, Shawcross was forced to intervene in the Stoke area on a few occasions with the odd clearance and easy tackle.
Worked well with Etherington to get the ball forward and was mostly used higher up the pitch than the full-back will have been expecting
Latching onto a ball into the area, the midfielder couldn’t capitalise on the space given to him by the Norwich defenders in the first-half and failed to fully test Ruddy with his shot easily within the range of the keeper. Passed well in the middle, but most of the action from Stoke came down the flanks and didn’t get involved all too often.
Didn’t get too involved and was watched closely by his man Howson, restricting his opposite number’s movement and Stoke’s progress through the middle.
The winger out on the left worked for his money as Stoke were frequently on the attack down the flanks and Etherington was charged with getting the ball into the box on numerous occasions and with a good deal of success. Was the key difference in the end with a brilliantly taken goal, blasting past Ruddy from the angle after leading over a failed tackle.
Had a good chance in the opening moments of the game with a high shot that stung the hands of Ruddy, but in the end was lacking after finding some space to get a good effort at goal.
The former Liverpool man wasn’t as influential as he was in Stoke’s win over Swansea just six days before, but the big man held the ball up brilliantly and was a positive asset for the Potters. Should have scored however after shooting with a powerful effort from just three yards out, his shot brilliantly saved by Ruddy
The Canaries keeper was certainly on form, halting Stoke’s progress with a number of impressive saves, with one particular highlight when he stopped Crouch’s short-range effort with a fantastic instinctive stop. His overall display was commanding, but his day was blemished after failing to cut out Etherington’s winner, allowing the winger’s effort to by-pass him on the angle and hand all the spoils to the hosts.
Had a busy afternoon going up against Etherington and was frequently having to halt the winger’s progress down the right, with some success, but allowed the Stoke man to get a cross in too many times. His failed tackle on the said winger allowed for the hosts to take all three points after Etherington burst through to score from the angle.
Put on a purely dogged performance at the back and had to in order to keep Stoke’s many aerial threats at bay. Cleared well and tackled tremendously.
Like Ward, was entirely resilient at the back and left the Stoke attackers frustrated with his strong display.
Was kept busy by Stoke’s men on the flanks and struggled to get the ball forward for most of the match as the hosts constantly pushed up the pitch.
Didn’t give his Canaries’ career a great start after chopping down Whelan to earn himself a place in the referee’s book. Didn’t see much of the ball up top as the visitors were forced to defend for most parts of the game, with the former Leeds man holding off his man effectively.
Only lasted the first 45 minutes and didn’t offer too much going forward out on the left before his afternoon ended.
Was one of Norwich’s more active attackers and had a couple of shots, but couldn’t penetrate Stoke’s hardened defence.
Didn’t make his best appearance in a Norwich shirt and offered very little, instead allowing Stoke to advance down the flanks and eventually punish through winger Etherington’s winner.
Was a particularly effective member of the Norwich team and was instead on the back-foot helping his team-mates out at the back.
Was left frustrated for large amounts of the game thanks to a lack of service from the five midfielders behind the striker. Had one good chance with a head from almost on the line, but Begovic saved easily.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 20 M. Upson
- 15 S. Diao
Replaced Wilkinson in the first-half and was in the mix throughout the game, linking well with Shotton and crossing into the area effectively.
Came on with 20 minutes to go and was a key man, feeding Etherington for the winger to get the winner.
Arrived with 20 minutes to go and added another threat to the constant Potters’ attacks.
- 10 R. Fuller