Didn't have a busy afternoon but was generally solid when called upon.
Showed a lack of positional sense at right-back as he allowed McClean in behind him on too many occasions. His passing upfield wasn’t the best as he often gave the ball away.
Played well against the threat of Steven Fletcher and managed to keep him facing away from goal. Dominant in the air.
Defended well but had a quiet game as he was rarely tested by the Black Cats. Should have done a lot better with a chance in the first half which he scuffed from close range.
Tried to push forward whenever he could to support Kightly and did well defensively. Stretchered off in the second half with a nasty-looking injury.
Was dangerous with his set-pieces and forced an excellent save from Simon Mignolet in the first half. Played too deep to affect the game as much as he would have liked.
Protected the back four well as he stopped the Black Cats from pushing forward through the middle and forced them out wide. Used the ball well and didn’t give away possession.
A constant thorn in the side of the Sunderland defence as he used his pace to get in behind them on many occasions. His crossing was inconsistent and could have been better at times when he was in a good position in the final third.
Solid in midfield without being spectacular. He broke up the play nicely and was useful at the back, quelling Sunderland’s threat from set-pieces.
Troubled John O’Shea and Carlos Cuellar with his height and aerial presence. Drifted in and out of the game and was starved of service for the majority of the match.
Didn’t look comfortable on the wing but held his own and caused Danny Rose a few problems with his physical style of play. Tried to drift in and support Peter Crouch as much as he could.
Was a solid presence for the Black Cats all game as he stood up to Stoke’s physical play at set-pieces. His handling and kicking were impressive and he made two great saves to deny Huth and Crouch late on.
Was solid in the air as he battled against Peter Crouch and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time at the back.
Defended stoutly and made crucial interventions to deny Peter Crouch and Michael Kightly from threatening the Sunderland goal. His distribution was good and he always seemed to find the right man.
Inconsistent defensively and reluctant to really push forward and support James McClean. Made a crucial interception to stop Kightly’s volley from the edge of the area. Improved as the game wore on.
Hit a few dangerous free-kicks which troubled the Stoke defence but was part of a Sunderland midfield that was ineffectual going forward.
Faded in and out of the game, as he struggled to see much of the ball on the wing. He often tried to drift inside, which didn’t help Sunderland’s cause as they began to lack width.
Industrious in the middle but didn’t quite have the drive needed to affect the game in the final third of the pitch.
Had early success down the left against Geoff Cameron but was then doubled marked after that. His crossing was good to begin with but started to fade as the game wore on.
Raided well down the right to offer Adam Johnson an option. His crossing was accurate and caused the Stoke defence problems. Defended well for most of the game but as Stoke upped the ante late on he began to struggle.
A good performance on his return to the team after completing a three-game suspension. Combative in midfield.
Held the ball up and did well against the physical challenge of Robert Huth. He was often isolated up front on his own and the one chance he did have was well blocked by Huth.