Made one good save from Walters early in the second half, which was his first real involvement. Was called into action more regularly late on, but he held firm and looked very confident.
Had a pretty easy afternoon in truth. The Spaniard was up against Jonathan Walters who was more inclined to come inside, very rarely running at the Norwich left-back.
His energy at right-back was definitely a valuable asset defensively, but he lacked the urgency to roam forward and support Snodgrass when Norwich were on the front foot.
Produced some highly bizarre and terrifying passes in and around his own penalty area, but luckily for him they were not punished by Stoke. Aside from his passing, the former Tottenham man won a number of headers and tackled well.
Stayed close to Crouch and dealt with him fairly well by sticking to him to him like a flea. Tackled well in the penalty area and made his presence known outside of it. Taken off for Ryan Bennett with 30 minutes to go.
Found himself involved a fair amount on the right wing, but for all the crosses he delivered, they were rarely good enough, often going long. However, he made a telling contribution from set-pieces, with his free-kick setting up Johnson for his goal. Gave Wilkinson a tough afternoon too, but he will be disappointed with his open-play deliveries.
The summer signing from Rennes is quickly becoming a bit of a cult hero at Carrow Road and the fans enjoyed his performance yet again. He marched forward whenever the opportunity arose and his passing was good. The Norwegian obviously likes to keep the ball moving, and he did so well.
Undoubtedly the best player on the pitch on the day. The pint-sized Irishman was so elusive and the Stoke midfield could not deal with his movement as he would appear on the right one moment, then on the left a few seconds later. His link-up play with his teammates was fantastic at times and his ability to get the team moving was essential.
The former Leeds man passed well, generally offloading the ball quickly to Tettey or Hoolahan, but he put in a number of silly tackles, particularly one or two on Adam. Scored the only goal of the game with a fantastic header in the first half.
Very much a mixed bag from the former Huddersfield man. Found himself involved often enough and did well to get into the penalty area so regularly. However, his crossing was all over the place and he really should have scored just before the half-hour mark.
A surprisingly and uncharacteristically quiet afternoon from the big man up front, but Norwich definitely altered their game plan for the visit of Stoke. There were fewer long, high balls for him to win or chase, and a lot of the Norwich crosses were poor.
Could do absolutely nothing about Johnson’s header and made an great stop to deny Pilkington, but there were a couple of shaky moments, particularly when he spilled a Hoolahan half-volley from the halfway line to concede a corner.
The former Manchester United man had a relatively good game when called upon. The threat of Holt was rather quiet for most of the match, but when high balls did come towards him, Shawcross looked comfortable. Was lucky to escape with just a booking when hauling the forward down late on when through on goal.
Some questionable decision-making marred the German’s otherwise decent performance. Some of his passing was wayward and he lost Johnson for the midfielder’s goal. He did, however, help keep Holt quiet.
Had a good battle with Pilkington and it was very even, with neither player really dominating the other. Put in a number of good tackles on the winger, but did let him get into the penalty area far too often.
Normally a right-back, Wilkinson was filling in for Wilson who broke his leg last weekend, but the 28-year-old was not massively convincing. Snodgrass appeared to have the better of him time and time again, while it was his foul on the aforementioned winger that resulted in Johnson’s goal. Not a great afternoon for the defender.
Threw his weight about and when on the ball he looked interested, but when he did not have possession the match passed him by. He rarely put in tackles and he, like Whitehead, let Hoolahan roam around unchecked.
Cutting to the chase, he did not do his job well enough. He was effectively tasked as the shield for Stoke’s defence, operating in the same area as Hoolahan, but he could not cope with the Irish midfielder, while he gave the ball away too often.
Livelier than Walters on the opposite flank, but up against Whittaker he did not get much change. He struggled to beat the Scot to put crosses in and generally failed to supply Crouch.
Saw plenty of the ball and knocked it around with confidence, but could not provide the cutting edge Stoke so obviously needed, despite being the man expected to carry out such a job. Picked up a yellow card too for handball when he thought he should have been given a free kick.
Practically anonymous in the first half but livened up after the break. He was finding himself used a lot more as the match went on and his flick-ons were proving invaluable, as he first set-up Walters for a chance, then Jones. He should have tried to look a bit more interested before half-time.
The home support certainly did not give him an easy afternoon, constantly targeting him for abuse due to his Ipswich background and he did not do much to shut them up. Could have equalised early on in the second half, but Ruddy made the save and he was eventually taken off with 25 minutes to go after a rather poor showing.