Could do nothing about Richardson's powerful strike, but an unsure punch from a Henderson free-kick was not the most convincing way to steady the nerves at the back. Not at fault for Gyan's strike, where he was badly exposed by terrible defending. Made a decent stop to deny Richardson a second at 2-1.
Taken off after 66 minutes after failing to make much of an indent down Sunderland's left. A disappointing day for the local full-back, who usually forms an effective partnership with Pennant.
Summed up the frustration early doors by literally running into trouble when he had a man on the overlap down the left. Came close to equalizing with a rare acrobatic effort that rattled the side netting. Dependable if not fantastic.
Perhaps unfortunate that his block fell straight into the path of Richardson for the opener, but defended dreadfully for Gyan's goal, allowing the Ghana man to catch up with the looping ball and was then outmuscled by the striker. Inexplicably failed to score when unmarked at the back post, and even had the chance to steady himself to shoot before dreadfully spooning over from a handful of yards out. Atoned for all his mistakes with two late goals to secure the most unlikely of comebacks.
Diced with death as he allowed Gyan to slip through unmarked five minutes in, and fortunate that Begovic had read the situation properly to deny the Ghanaian a one-on-one. Plenty of argy-bargy but not a great day at the office for the captain.
The battler in the middle didn't quite leave his stamp on the game as Sunderland looked composed in possession.
One of Stoke's best attacking player by virtue of his arrowing throws that stuck to a true course despite the swirling wind. Saw yellow for a second half challenge.
A fairly quiet day for the tricky winger, who was given a nasty nip by Sessegnon that earned the Benin man a yellow. Delivered some top drawer corners. Two fantastic free-kicks set up Huth's goals.
Delivered some decent balls from corners but Stoke's best attacking player never quite got going until the last 20 minutes, where he opened a box of tricks.
The definition of a target man, the Trinidadian jumped for every ball but never quite got a telling touch. Shirked some challenges against his former team-mates.
A home debut for the Norwegian and one to remember as he netted a first-half equalizer from close range. Highly fortunate that it stood given his offside position and even more fortunate that he was credited with an assist to Huth's controversial equalizer. Presence a constant source of danger.
A disaster from Delap's throws. The Scot air-punched for Carew's goal although it should not have stood. Looked weak in the air throughout under pressure
Looked suspect when challenged by the run of Delap in the first half and struggled as Stoke launched it hopefully in the air to their giant strikers.
The man on loan from Manchester City looks a real talent. He kept Etherington largely quiet and his pace allowed him to track the length of the right flank.
The hapless defender set off the chain of events that led to Carew's dubious equalizer. Had he simply cleared his lines, rather than letting the ball bounce off his head, Sunderland would have gone into the break with a one-goal lead.
Perhaps the main beneficiary of Darren Bent's departure? The former Manchester United man got his second goal in a week and looked threatening throughout. While he wasn't far out, the execution of his strike was superb and left Begovic with no chance. A threat throughout and came close to scoring twice more.
Kept Pennant pressed down in the corner and fought fire with fire in a battling first half. A booming aerial presence.
Looked competent at left-back and made the occasional surge forward to keep Wilkinson on his toes.
Picked up a yellow on his Sunderland debut, hardly the most surprising of bookings given his exuberant tackling tendencies. Nearly struck goal with a strike from the edge of the area that was picked up by the wind and flew inches wide. A battling display.
Delivered a sumptuous first-half free-kick that had Begovic punching wildly. A composed display from the promising youngster, who looked at home against vastly more experienced center-midfielders. Taken off for Malbranque late on.
The Benin man has a real touch of class that enables him to create that vital yard or two of space before picking out a pass. Played in between the midfield and Gyan and looked tricky.
Pace a real menace for Shawcross and Huth as he forever sought to get in behind and chased after every loose ball. That harrying paid off in the second half as he latched onto a hopeful punt and seared past Huth before slotting beyond Begovic. Pace, power and precision.