Ali Al Habsi
Can’t take any blame for Huth’s opener after a wild deflection left him helpless and pulled off a truly world class save from Jones' header just before the hour mark. Looked a little static on his line when it may have been wiser to come and meet the ball from Delap’s dangerous throw-ins but was probably left too cold to be completely mobile at a freezing DW Stadium.
He hasn’t been at his best so far this season but you can’t question his commitment to the cause. Exactly the type of player you need in a battle such as this one. A vital, if not necessarily polished, cog in this Wigan outfit. Dealt with a tricky Ricardo Fuller well.
Failed to advance up the left flank like he has done so effectively in the past. Had an unenviable task of containing a jinking Jon Walters and cleaned up a number of messy situations in the Wigan box after Stoke piled on the aerial threat in the second half. Substituted with just under 20 minutes to play.
Dealt superbly with the sometimes unplayable Kenwyne Jones. Restricted the Stoke target man to only a few knock downs, looking strong throughout.
Struggled with the pace of Etherington but looked to play the ball out from the back when he was able to get a foot on the ball. Needed a lot of help from Steven Caldwell in a defensive sense.
Missed an absolute sitter just before half time and was pretty anonymous when his side were in possession. Tried to break up the partnership of Delap and Whitehead but was running around without direction for much of the clash
The promising youngster took a little time to settle but grew in confidence as the game went on. Possibly should have got forward more as his passing was second to none and could have unlocked more chances from an advanced position. Will take his goal all day long, even if it was a little fortuitous,
Dictated the pace from the centre of midfield showing some lovely touches to build Wigan's attacking threat in the second half. Lacked the clinical final ball all too often but worked hard alongside Thomas.
Looks a class above his team-mates when he is able to get on the ball but was left on his own for large periods of the game. Looked too quick for Collins and will have been disappointed not to have had more of a say in the game.
Credited with Wigan's first but it won't have gone in how he'd planned it to. Very strong on the ball and a constant hard worker, getting in the face of Dean Whitehead all game. Made his side difficult to break down in the centre circle.
The Argentins’s penalty miss at West Ham has clearly had a detrimental effect on his confidence as what has been a barren start to his Wigan career continues. Left far too isolated up front.
Tentative at crosses, which you wouldn’t expect from the man whose form has been almost faultless so far this season. Could and probably should have conceded a bagful from Wigan’s set-pieces. Made a fine double save at the start of the first half to stop what would have been somewhat of a sucker punch.
The German’s partnership with Ryan Shawcross on the right side of defence has become an imposing sight for opposition strikers in recent weeks and today was no different, as Wigan struggled to create much down the left wing. Got a goal but like so many today, he'll have been fairly embarrassed to celebrate what was a massive deflection.
Looks every part an international defender, though in fairness, Mauro Boselli wasn't much of a threat. Formed a strong bond with Danny Higginbotham from the off and looked comfortable throughout.
Has had an intermittent involvement so far this term due to the fine form of Andy Wilkinson but took his chance of first-team football with both hands, partnering Ryan Shawcross and leaving Boselli to feed off very few scraps.
Was fortunate not to get into too many foot races with Charles N'Zogbia as there was only ever going to be one winner. Stood up well to the Frenchman when he received the ball to feet and stuck to a vitally important task of extinguishing the threat of Wigan's most eminent danger man.
Played some brilliant balls through to Fuller and Jones and looked at ease on the ball, despite Wigan’s harassment in the centre of midfield.
It was Etherington’s 300th Premier League appearance today and he delivered a performance befitting of the occasion. Direct, busy and full of pace, the winger looked threatening throughout. Deserved his goal, though it was made by Fuller.
Interchanged brilliantly with target man Kenwyne Jones as he found gaps between Wigan's midfield and defence. Dealt well considering he had two defensive midfielders tracking his every move.
Was able to float inside at will due to Robert Huth’s insistence of sticking to his defensive responsibilities. Caused Figueroa endless problems in the first half weaving in and out of the right channel. Brought off after 70 minutes following a very impressive shift.
Struggled to make the impact of which he is capable as Alcaraz and Caldwell doubled up when the ball was launched towards him from the Stoke defence. Not a bad performance by any means but can be so much more dangerous than what was on show today.
Brilliantly set up Etherington's goal but struggled to make much more of an impact. His strike partner Jones failed to knock many balls on for him to chase and he cut a frustrated figure, failing to get in behind Caldwell and Alcaraz. Brought off with ten minutes remaining to a rapturous applause from the visiting Potters fans.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 30 R. Shotton
Came on for Walters with 20 minutes remaining and worked hard, adding a bit of solidity when Stoke began to struggle to keep up with the Wigan counter attack.
Brought on with 10 minutes left and almost found Kenwyne Jones with a lovely chipped cross. Caused little other trouble to Caldwell et al and would have probably rather stayed warm on the bench.
- 15 S. Diao
- 7 E. Guðjohnsen