The Bosnian keeper was hardly tested in the opening half as Newcastle continued to look nervous in front of goal; in fact he spent most of the first 45 minutes keeping warm with shuttle runs inside his penalty area. His lack of activity in the first half may have hindered him at the start of the second as he failed to hold onto Ba’s long shot and Cisse took full advantage to put the visitors ahead.
With Cisse tending to drift out to the right the American had the tough task of keeping the Ivory Coast international quiet, and he generally did that well.
The youngster took his chance well following Andy Wilkinson’s injury and he had another good performance at full-back. Defensively he could be better at times; he tends to under-hit some of his passes which can cause moments of panic but in attacking positions his long throws are a useful weapon.
Handled the threat of Ba very well; he was more than a match for him when it came to strength and he showed a good turn of pace to cut out any chances for the striker.
The central defender worked well with Shawcross to repel the Newcastle attacks and dominated in the air against Ba when the visitors pumped the ball long.
The winger caused plenty of problems for Simpson down the left hand side and had his delivery been better he could have set up a number of chances for Crouch and Adam in the first half. He was replaced by Jerome in the 68th minute.
It’s hard to remember what the Stoke midfield was like without Nzonzi playing the anchor role in front of the back four. He’s become a key man in Tony Pulis’ side and he had another solid game.
Has really upped his game in recent weeks as he settles into this Stoke side, and he is beginning to look like the player he was at Blackpool before his nightmare spell at Liverpool. He was full of energy in behind Crouch, getting tackles in when he needed to but was unable to test Krul with long range strikes. He was replaced by Kightly in the 68th minute.
Very hard-working in the engine room for Stoke. He provided support to Nzonzi in defence and Adam in attack, and he was also able to fire in some wicked crosses that caused moments of panic in the Newcastle area.
Full of running down the Stoke right. he caused Santon problems throughout and delivered some dangerous crosses in towards Crouch. He was never able to get himself into a shooting opportunity until he moved inside in the second half and things immediately changed as he levelled in the 81st minute with a header from Jerome's cross.
Led the line well but struggled to get much change out of Coloccini and Williamson in the centre of the Newcastle defence. He had few sights of goal and his game was over in the 40th minute when Coloccini accidentally caught him in the face with his hand and Jones replaced him.
He didn’t have a shot to save in the first half but had to be alert for a long range effort from Whelan and could only look on as Williamson nearly put the ball into his own net from a right wing free kick.
Returned to the Newcastle starting line-up; his presence in the Magpies back line really gives the rest of the team confidence. He was calm on the ball and looked to keep his passing simple when he picked it up from Krul. Had good battles in the air, first with Crouch and latterly with Jones.
Had a busy evening dealing with Etherington who looked to take him on at every opportunity, he was able to keep with the winger but wasn’t able to stop him delivering crosses into the penalty area.
The Italian was kept busy all night by the pace and movement of Walters down the Stoke right but in general he handled the Irishman well and gave him few chances to cross for Crouch. He also provided a threat going forward as he regularly launched long throws into the Stoke penalty area but sadly that was meat and drink to the Potters back four.
He survived an almighty scare in the first half when he mistimed a clearance from Whelan’s free kick but the ball bounced off the post away to safety much to his relief. Should have done better for the winning goal, but couldn't get near Jones who set up Jerome to score.
Had an ongoing battle with Whelan in the centre of midfield and gave as good as he got against the Irishman. He lacked the creativity that his side needed though, and as a result didn’t make much for the players in front of him.
Playing as the most forward member of a midfield three he had a good game hustling and bustling against Whelan and Nzonzi. However he didn’t really provide much of an attacking threat to the Stoke goal. He was replaced by Ameobi late on.
Looked to take the ball off his defenders whenever he could and start another passing move forward for his team. He sat just in front of the back four and stayed particularly close to the dangerous Adam.
Had a quiet game on the left hand side for the visitors, he barely received the ball in an attacking area in the opening half and as a result was fairly anonymous. He livened up in the second half but was still not much of a threat to the Stoke defence.
Lively despite the freezing cold conditions and the Ivory Coast stiker linked play well but just struggled to find the perfect pass to open up the Stoke defence. He spent most of his time wide on the right but looked to support Ba whenever he could, and that paid off in the opening minutes of the second half as he put the visitors ahead after pouncing on a loose ball that Begovic had spilled. He was replaced by Ranger late on.
Led a lonely existence in the first half with little to work with and close marking from the Stoke defenders, however he sprung into life in the opening minutes of the second half to create the game’s opening goal. He held off the challenge of Etherington before unleashing a 25-yard shot that Begovic couldn’t hold, and Cisse put the loose ball into the back of the net.
Replaced Adam in the 68th minute and gave the hosts more of an attacking threat down the right wing, and allowed Walters to drift inside and support Jones.
Replaced Etherington in the 68th minute and used his pace to test the Newcastle full-backs, and it paid off with nine minutes to go as he delivered a perfect cross for Walters to equalise. And the forward repaid the faith shown in him by Tony Pulis as he won the game with a late winner after a superb knock down from Jones.
Replaced the injured Crouch in the 40th minute and gave the Newcastle defence plenty to think about, but missed a great chance to score when he headed Kightly's cross straight at Krul.