Barely saw the ball in the first half but, as Stoke stepped up their attempts, commanded his area well.
His passing was at times slightly aimless and of the hit-and-hope variety, but was assured in himself today otherwise.
Seemed more relaxed alongside a Gabbidon who was on form, and his own game benefitted. A quieter, less abrasive defender than his counterpart but equally effective.
Was always willing to overlap with Puncheon on the right-hand side, but aware enough to choose the right time to commit. As much of a threat in Stoke’s area as he was calm in his own.
Great going forward, but at times found his defensive duties suffered because of it. Needs to double-check before venturing forward at times.
Had the better of the match-long tussle with Walters, often dealing with Stoke’s predictable high-ball-into-the-box approach with relative ease.
The least effective of Palace's forward line, with the play seemingly passing him by for the majority. His work-rate, like Chamakh, was commendable though. Replaced just after the hour mark.
Very lively early on, continually testing Wilson & co. and did not stop from there. Just did not stop running all day, creating space for his team-mates and himself. He is a real talent.
Kept things ticking along nicely in the first half but was guilty of slightly poor decision-making at times. Lucky Stoke’s blunt attack were off form.
Managed to get the better of Pieters more often than not and showed real instinct for his goal, pouncing on lax defending before picking his spot to give his side the lead.
Perhaps should have glanced an early header on target, but his work-rate cannot be questioned. Always hungry and looking for the ball.
Had little to do, apart from pick the ball out of the back of the net.
Struggled against Puncheon and Bolasie, often finding himself on the back foot and was at fault, along with about three others, for Puncheon's goal. Not a good day for the defender.
Probably unfortunate to be on the losing team as he seemed in control of his defence, marshalling them well, and will be very disappointed in the manner of conceding Puncheon's goal.
Went close with a header early on, which he really should have got on target. Up the other end his passing was lacking at times but by no means a horror show.
Looked uncomfortable alongside Chamakh throughout, with the striker's quick feet too tough to handle for the defender.
Often pushed further back towards goal than he would have liked, but never seemed under any real pressure. Was key to Stoke's attempts to find an equaliser in the second half.
Really seemed to struggle in the centre of the pitch, with a poor touch of a misplaced pass stalling Stoke’s attack on more than one occasion. Improved after the break but still a disappointing display.
Was comfortable enough for the majority but really should have shown quicker feet for Puncheon's goal.
Quieter than we’ve become used to expecting in the first half and didn’t really pick up after the break. Taken off with 20 minutes to go.
Enjoyed a tough battle with Gabbidon throughout and arguably came out the worst. Will be frustrated with his performance.
Really struggled to get a foot on the ball in the first half, with his hold-up play helping the likes of Walters and Assaidi little and, must like his attacking cohorts, failed to improve.
Tasked with giving his side more attacking edge, and it worked, but will be frustrated with his inability to venture further forward himself though.
Not much of an improvement on the man he replaced, Assaidi, but was involved as Stoke stepped up their attempts to find an equaliser.