Commanding display, which was vital during Stoke's late assault on Fulham's penalty area.
Handled the threat of Etherington capably and made some fine raids down the right flank.
In the land of the giants, the Norwegian center back stood out. Dealt impressively with the combined 13 ft. might of Crouch and Jones.
Provided the assist for Pogrebnyak's goal with the mishit shot that was gathered so impressively by the Russian.and worked like a trojan down the left flank all afternoon.
A middleweight among heavywieghts, the Irishman punched above his weight in a tigerish display.
Pulled the strings from a deeper midfield role than normal but it was to the veteran's credit that Fulham did not look impoverished without a natural anchorman. Subbed late on.
Demonstrated another string to his bow with a classy display in central midfield. Stroked the ball around imperiously and with deceptive leisureliness, and laid the ball to Dempsey for the second goal.
His knees might be like bread but can still cook up a storm on the right flank. Ran rings round Wilkinson on a few occasions and played a key role in Fulham's opener.
A debut to remember for the deadline day signing. Took his 15th minute goal brilliantly, killing Riise's mishit shot with his first touch and banging the ball past the despairing Sorensen with his second. There was barely a backlift in sight. Subbed after an hour..
Hit-and-miss contribution from the Costa Rican. His velcro touch in a withdrawn striker role got him in some good positions but lacked the acceleration and power to cause genuine damage.
Bright display in the dazzling sunshine. Deserved to get his name on the scoresheet for the second goal, when his piledriver clatttered the crossbar and rebounded in off Sorensen's back. Was a threat throughout on the counterattack, with his movement and surging runs cutting in from the left flank. Played up front for the last half-hour and struck the post from a tight angle in added time.
Misjudged both Fulham's goals, even though he was extremely unfortunate that he tipped Dempsey's shot on to the crossbar, only to feel it rebound off his back and into the net. Made an excellent save from Duff to prevent Fulham going 3-0 up by halftime.
The right back was a fish out of water at left back for two-thirds of the game before being withdrawn. It was an experiment that conclusively failed.
Stoke's outstanding defender was dominant in the air but he was not so impressive on the deck, allowing Pogrebnyak and Dempsey too much space for the two first half goals. Gave his team a lifeline with his flicked header late on.
A square peg in a round hole at right back as Stoke's experiment of swapping the full-backs around failed miserably. Could not get to grips with Dempsey. Looked far more comfortable when he was switched to the left.
His failure to pull a goal back seconds into the second half from just three yards summed up a poor afternoon's work for the 2010 World Cup center back. Lacked sharpness and did not get tight enough to Fulham's attackers for both first half goals.
Did not see enough of the ball and, when he did, failed to make the most of it. Withdrawn after an hour.
Provided drive and energy from central midfield, and was influential in his team's revival in the last half hour.
A touch of desperation to his first half display when he was completely outmaneuvered in central midfield. Grew in authority as the game progressed.
Bustling display on the right flank before moving to the left following Stoke's second half reshuffle. His final ball lacked quality.
Did not impress after being handed a rare start alongside Crouch. Almost anonymous in a withdrawn striker role and subbed midway through the second period.
Provided nuisance value and a considerable target for the late onslaught but unable to quite make his presence felt.
- 1 A. Begović
- 39 J. Woodgate
Filled in at right back for the last half hour and helped his team dominate from the right flank.
Failed to make the starting XI but looked Stoke's most dangerous attacker when he came on. His excellent whipped corner set up Shawcross for his team's goal.
- 18 D. Whitehead
- 33 C. Jerome
Provided greater menace to the Stoke attack for the final third of the game and came close to grabbing a late equalizer.