Ironically cheered whenever he caught the ball, the Fulham stopper was not tested at all in the first half. Looked more nervous in the second half but made no errors of note.
Looked relatively comfortable at left-back until he almost conceded a penalty midway through the first half. Occasionally ventured forward but his shots from distance left a lot to be desired.
His side's best player, Riether headed the ball off the line after a classic Stoke corner kick midway through the first half, before clearing the ball of the line again in the second half and almost scoring on the break.
Was his side’s rock in defence – as per usual – but showed several shortcomings with the ball at feet. Looked like a rabbit in front of headlights when in the opposition half.
Cut crosses out well but was just as timid on the ball as his partner at centre-back. Gave passes away seemingly at will and was booked late on.
Slapped Erik Pieters early on but no action was taken. The contact was hardly life-threatening but it was a silly thing to do. Produced a solid performance thereafter, however.
A reliable preference to Alexander Kacaniklic who worked characteristically hard down the left, though with perhaps a lack of cutting edge.
Aided his side ably both in attack and defence, coming close with a near-post header after half an hour.
Produced a poor first-half performance which was notable only because of a contender for the worst corner kick of all time. Was replaced early in the second half having added nothing to his contribution from the break.
Ran more in the first few moments of the game than he did in the whole of his side’s defeat to Cardiff City and showed his usual flair up front. Came off in the second half having done little of note, however.
Was keen to get forward and unleash long shots, doing a lot of his good work down the left-hand side. Looked somewhat lacklustre, however, though he did deserve a penalty that was not given on the stroke of half-time.
Was barely tested throughout, playing the role of spectator for the vast majority of the encounter. But the Bosnian should have done better for Bent's goal.
Went down far too easily after contact with Kasami in the first half, much to the dismay of the home fans. Also sent most of his crosses into the body of an opposition defender. Not his finest performance.
Was typically robust in the tackle but reliable with interceptions at the same time. Pushed forward for set-pieces and made no notable mistakes.
Was rough in the tackle but also very willing to go forward from set-pieces. Almost headed his side into the lead twice but sent the ball just over the bar on both occasions.
Coped well at the back for the visitors, though he was hardly tested throughout, with Duff failing to beat him more times than not.
Was particularly rough in the challenge, though he defended ably before being taken off in the second half.
Matched his team-mates' ferocity in the tackle, while also providing a driving presence from midfield. Misplaced the odd pass rather wildly, however.
Committed enough fouls to make his constant falling to the ground extremely hypocritical, although he was usually his side’s creative hub.
The home fans feared he would continue his scoring record against the home side but his biggest contribution was from set-pieces, while his crosses were erratic at best.
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Oozed class on the ball with calm, composed trickery, although his best effort at goal was a shot outside the area that curled into Stockdale's arms.
Came on for Karagounis in what was Jol's first truly attacking move of the game. Offered very little on the ball, however, but did help organise his side - making him an overall effective substitute.
Replaced Hangeland at half-time and was a steady, if not game-changing, presence.
Replaced Berbatov but added absolutely nothing in the final third until possibly the most important moment in Martin Jol's Fulham career. Refusing a first-time shot, Bent turned to fool Begovic and tucked the ball into an empty net to score the winner. Superb.
Came on for Karagounis in what was Jol's first truly attacking move of the game. Offered very little on the ball, though, and even less off it.
Was brought on by Hughes in the second half and helped his side become more dominant from midfield.
Replaced Etherington in the second half and changed the dynamic of the game. Stoke saw a lot more of the ball since his introduction and took the game to Fulham - until Bent's goal.