Made a couple of outstanding saves prior to the first goal and kept his side in it.
Dealt with anything Stoke had along the ground but like many others, struggled when the ball came over from a set piece.
Marshalled Etherington very well in defense and provided the cross for Bent's opening goal. Impressive performance.
Always available to help out going forward but was too reliant on his right foot when providing crosses.
Much the same as Collins, looked comfortable along the ground but a little suspect from Stoke's aerial threat.
Looked the most likely to cause Stoke problems, consistently switched the ball to the opposite wing and was tidy in possession.
Looked dangerous whenever on the ball but his forays into the opposition half were too few and far between.
Saw much of the ball on the left hand side but his final delivery was too often not of sufficient quality.
Began the match in lively fashion but fell away as the game wore on and his influence lessened.
Bereft of the ball for much of the game but when presented with a chance managed to put the ball away superbly.
Missed a decent opening in the first half and didn't have much of an impact on the game at all.
Had very little to deal with.
Defended well down the right marshaled the threat of both Young's very well.
Looked dangerous going forward and defending. Bent had very little room to work with because of the German's tight marking.
Worked well in tandem with Huth and kept Heskey very quiet.
Defended well and tried to help out with attacking play without ever being particularly threatening.
Provided the assist for the first goal with his throw in and looked tidy in possession.
Worked hard in the Stoke engine room providing a stable footing for their defense.
Always a threat with ball at his feet but saw little in the way of attacking opportunities.
Was kept at bay very well by Walker and struggled to make a huge impact.
Had one header brilliantly saved by Friedel and scored with another. On his day unplayable and today from set pieces was very hard to contain.
Did much of the donkey work for Stoke without ever having much of the ball.