Looked very susceptible to the high ball throughout and failed to cover himself in glory with the one that mattered most as he flapped at the free kick which led to Carroll's opener.
Always accepted the invitation to get forward but did not always make the most of the promising positions he found himself in, wasting his final ball on several occasions.
Struggled to get to grips with the task in hand up against Carroll but showed good awareness to cover for his full-backs when they bombed on down the flanks.
Was replaced before the 15-minute mark due to injury, with Muniesa stepping on in his place.
Poor showing early on from the Stoke skipper, who was bullied by Carroll and failed to organise his defence for the striker's powerful headed goal. Looked decidedly shaky throughout but did recover to help set up Odemwingie's second goal.
Typically combative in midfield but not nearly as commanding as he can be and was often on the periphery of the game. Shot wide in the opening period and offered little else.
Squandered two presentable first-half openings but continued to probe throughout and was so neat in possession. Rarely guilty of giving the ball away but could not find his shooting boots.
Was unusually slack on the ball at times, squandering possession in dangerous areas and also failing to offer enough of a defensive shield to combat Carroll's freedom in front of the backline.
Superb performance from the towering striker, who put in just as much effort at either end and led by example. Won the corner for the goal which he helped to set up and also headed away his fair share of set pieces in defence.
Recovered from a shaky start to offer his side an added dimension in attack and was their dominant force up front. Knew little about his opening goal in truth, but showed good reflexes to divert home Crouch's goal-bound effort and went one better by rifling home his second.
Flamboyant but also frustrating to begin with. The Austrian showed some lovely flicks and dangerous runs into West Ham territory but also gave the ball away and failed to track runners down his flank until he atoned by restoring his side's advantage.
The Spanish goalkeeper will be unhappy about his involvement in the two of the Stoke goals, failing to properly claw out Crouch's effort for the first and was beaten far too easily for the third strike of the afternoon too.
Returned to the starting XI and showed a few signs of rustiness up against the speedy trio of Ireland, Arnautovic and Odemwingie and struggled to contain Crouch too, despite his solid tackling.
Dependable in possession but could not always deal with the aerial presence of Crouch, who gave his marker a tough time on the ground too.
Was guilty of a few lapses in concentration and looked the most susceptible early on. Offered support going forward but his problems came at the other end.
Ganged up on by Odemwingie and Cameron but did not let that inhibit him in the early stages, showing poise on the ball and supported Downing and Diame in the attacking third when they switched flanks. Was caught badly out of position for the third goal as Stoke hit the Hammers on the break.
Superb for the majority of the contest, gave West Ham an assured presence on the ball in midfield and he was not afraid to put his foot in either but was slightly over-zealous with some of his tackles, resulting in a booking.
Was strangely nowhere to be seen for large periods of the game, especially given his recent goalscoring exploits. Could not get into the game enough to have any sort of impact in the first half but was livelier after the break.
The winger was constantly on the move and supplied a number of crosses from wide positions, but they were not always what Carroll required to engineer goalscoring opportunities with.
Athletic display on both flanks, offering effervescent movement and strength in attack, which proved useful in complimenting Carroll's style.
Tidy in his use of the ball and also covered a lot of ground for the visiting side to stop Ireland from dictating the tempo of the game in the hold between midfield and defence. Was sacrificed late on in favour of a forward option.
The returning striker was a menace to the home side, particularly early on, dragging the centre backs out of position, winning just about everything in the air and took his goal with aplomb. Wasted a great second-half opening, however, which would prove costly to mar an otherwise excellent comeback.
Had no time to make an impact on the game.
Neat on the ball but failed to provide the requisite penetration needed to breach the Stoke defence having come off the bench.
Thrown on in the hope of snatching a leveller but did little to disrupt a Stoke defence who were comfortable for large spells of the second half.