Not for the first time, the spotlight will be on the Bosnian goalkeeper but this time for different reasons after scoring an incredible goal from inside his own penalty area, which sailed over the Southampton back line and over Artur Boruc in what is the fourth-fastest Premier League goal in history.
A solid performance from the right back who faced tough opposition in the lively youngster Luke Shaw.
Relished the battle with Peter Crouch and demonstrated excellent positional awareness and concentration to stop a creative Southampton attack. Should have doubled his side's lead in the first half from a corner.
Another brave, no nonsense performance from Shawcross who, alongside Huth, provided a reliable insurance for the Potters.
Was composed on the ball but really struggled in the first half to contain James Ward-Prowse and Nathanial Clyne. Handled the ball in the second half and was lucky not to concede a penalty.
Did the basics well but he sometimes looked guilty of strolling around the pitch at times. Like Whelan he struggled to combat the likes of Lallana and Ward-Prowse.
Was largely ineffective in the game. It may take a while for him to regain the confidence we saw during his time at Manchester City. There was no creativity or direct runs from the Irishman today, which his side also lacked.
Hard to get on the ball in this his return to the side. Found it difficult to track the runners in the Southampton midfield and was subsequently replaced at the break.
Rusty and isolated in the first half, he moved into a more central role in the second period. There were a few times he looked like creating a chance for his side. Link up play improved as the game went on.
When the ball is fired in to him it sticks and he is so good at bringing people into the game. The problem today was that it did not happen enough. Crouch worked hard and won some key defensive headers
Was wasted out wide on the right. Could not really affect the game from the right hand side and was largely
He will want to forget this day. Was beaten by his opposition number before he could even think about the strong winds he would face in the first half. The Stoke supporters had no sympathy all game and his distribution looked shaky throughout.
Playing in an advanced full-back role, Clyne offered his side a good outlet on the right and was involved in some neat link-up play. His low crosses into the box deserved better at times.
A composed display from the cultured centre-back. Was good on the ball and reliable in the tackle.
Like Clyne, was constantly an option on the left flank up and down throughout the game.
Will be disappointed not to have scored in the first half with a header from a corner kick. Otherwise, had a solid afternoon and impressed in the aerial battle with Crouch.
The powerful defensive midfielder was once again disciplined and efficient in his duties of providing his more creative players the ball. A real asset for Southampton, perfect against a solid Stoke outfit.
Composed and elegant in his play, he was again an important cog in the Southampton side, linking up well with Lallana and Wanyama in the middle of the park. Displayed excellent positioning and ball retention.
A really impressive showing from one of three academy graduates in the Saints' starting XI. He was busy throughout and was always looking to get involved, with a great delivery from set plays also. He takes up some great positions, showing real maturity and understanding for such a young player.
There has been a lot said about the lack of technically gifted players in England and the Southampton captain is a perfect example against that statement. His close control and spacial awareness created several openings for his side.
Found it difficult against Shawcross and Huth, who never really gave him the opportunity to breathe. Showed signs of class with an excellent first touch.