Made fine saves from Huddlestone and Meyler in either half and was definitely the busier of the two keepers during the game.
Did not offer his side a whole lot going forward, but was solid and focused when defending off the ball.
Did a solid enough job defensively on Elmohamady, though he admittedly was not isolated often in one-on-one situations.
Dominant as ever in the air, but he was not often put under a serious examination by the opposition.
Went about his business quietly and effectively at the back, with the only blot being loose marking that allowed Rosenior a free header.
Linked well enough with his team-mates in advanced positions, but there was not often the movement ahead of him to exercise his passing ability. Stung the palms of Harper with a long range effort.
A bulldog in the middle of the park, using his size and aggression to good effect to break up attacks and accentuate his side's possession.
Worked hard to control play in the middle, not shying from his defensive work and proving efficient, if not dynamic with his passing.
His output on the flanks was inconsistent to provide the home side with a genuine threat in the first half. More dangerous after the break, but couldn't provide the cutting edge.
Won his fair share of headers as Stoke resorted to old long ball tactics when their attempts to play through the defence broke down. Didn't threaten to score much, but set up a good chance or two.
Showed superb purpose to pounce on a poor pass, glide past a pair of defenders and slot home the only goal of the game at a crucial time. Dangerous on the break in the latter stages.
Tipped away Ireland's long range drive and cannot really be blamed for conceding from Odemwingie.
Did his job defending the left side of the pitch, only slipping up once to allow Rosenior a crossing opportunity.
Missed the best chance of the first half, planting a point-blank header over the bar following Long's cross. Set up a good chance for Jelavic with a pinpoint delivery.
Decent enough at the back, and defended against some late Stoke attacks well, holding his nerve.
Didn't get tight on Crouch on two occasions, one of which led to a Stoke chance. Sacrificed in the second half as Bruce snr. went for a more attacking option.
A stinging drive from him took a deflection and tested Begovic, but he was not the most dominant figure in the midfield battle.
Forced Begovic into the only save by a keeper in the first half with a teasing 25-yard drive that the Bosnian was forced to tip around the post.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Coughed up possession terribly with a crossfield ball that fell woefully short of Rosenior, instead allowing Odemwingie to stride forward and score.
Came off second best in a few tussles with N'Zonzi and looked a little susceptible on the rare occasion when Stoke attacked at pace.
Put in a pair of choice deliveries from the flanks that his team-mates failed to attack, but overall, it was slim pickings for him up front.
Frustrated and isolated for most of the game, and fluffed his lines when presented with a great chance to shoot from Rosenior's cross.