After his manager suggested that he should have saved at least one of Chris Baird's howitzers from range against Fulham, the Bosnian was under the microscope today but showed first his quality with some bold blocks and then his naivety after smacking into Saha at the edge of the box. Had next to nothing to do in the second period.
Went into the book for a rash challenge on Coleman and the Irishman continuously had the better of Stoke's left-back.
The locally born full-back was overran in the first half by Baines and Pienaar, who combined to great effect. Confidence picked up in second half and went on a mazy run that drew cheers from the fans.
His diagonal ball was flicked on by Jones and into Etherington to set-up the opener, proving that there is a science behind the hoof. Comfortable against Saha, Anichebe, Cahill and Beckford. Solid.
Veteran utility man replaced the suspended Robert Huth at the back and made a terrific recovery tackle to prevent Pienaar from leveling the game just seconds prior to the break. Composed, mature display.
The Irishman displays energy levels that defy his 34 years, but the midfielder scarcely offers a threat on the ball in the middle of the park and was fortunate not to see red after chopping down Coleman when the youngster was set to race through on goal from the right.
Back to his best with a terrific dribble and cross to set-up Jones for the opener. Taken off for Glenn Whelan as Stoke looked to hold onto the lead.
Now a permanent player for Stoke City after the club agreed a deal with Real Zaragoza, for whom the former Liverpool man was contracted to. Manager Tony Pulis warned the winger not to take his place in the side for granted and the player reacted with a typically exciting display that was equal parts graft and craft. Taken off after tiring for Tuncay,
Made a couple of telling interceptions in the first half but went into the book for an untidy pelt into Arteta moments into the second. Came close with a flying volley that would have lived long in the memory.
Missed an absolute sitter after being fed through by a Jones flick-on and stroking the ball wide under no pressure. Showed some solid running and tracking to prove, again, that he is not just a box of tricks. Eventually replaced by Walters after tiring.
Used his aerial might to his advantage with a cushioned header into the far corner for the opener. An earlier flick-on from a route one ball should have earned the Trinidadian an assist, but the club record signing was let down by his strike partner's shoddy finish. Finally put in a performance that justified his hefty price tag.
Could have done little about the perfectly angled Jones header that separated the sides and unfortunate with the second.
Beaten in the air by Jones in the build-up to what should have been a Fuller goal, and things got worse for the Englishman, who bundled in an own goal after scrapping to a loose ball with Fuller. A day to forget.
The tricky young winger, picked up for a bargain fee, looks a quintessential Moyes signing, and showed his promise early on with a clever run that earned a corner. Forever found space down the channel.
Terribly turned by Fuller and fortunate that the Jamaican spared his blushes with a howling miss when one-on-one as a result of his carelessness.
Stood up an exquisite cross to the far post that Cahill came within inches of converting and was a constant outlet for his side.
Perhaps too easily outsmarted by Etherington in the build-up to the opening goal. Taken off in a double swap for Anichebe,
He may look like Sideshow Bob, but must have been wearing Krusty the Clown's boots with some woeful passing that frustrated team-mates in good positions. Otherwise, the Belgian man mountain looked solid in preventing Whitehead and Delap.
Should have equalized prior to the break after being freed through on goal, only to see his scuffed effort deflected over by Higginbotham. Faded in the second half.
Almost equalized minutes after Jones scored with an angled header to the far corner that arched just wide. A frustrating day for the uncompromising Australian.
Came close with an early diving header but the Frenchman rarely looked a threat from then on, instead pushing his luck by appealing for several highly dubious fouls. Taken off for Beckford.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 12 M. Wilson
Came on for Etherington to offer more security n the middle and delivered some classy balls down the channels.
- 7 E. Guðjohnsen
Replaced Pennant with half an hour remaining and looked tricky down the left flank. Almost scored with a snap shot from the edge of the area.
Came on for Fuller in the dying stages.