Was barely tested in the opening half, only having to catch a Collison shot and watch a Collins header clip the bar on its way over until the former’s low strike flew into his bottom corner.
Had an old-fashioned battle with Andy Carroll in which neither player gave an inch. He challenged for every ball with the striker and limited the chances he had.
He still isn’t convincing as a full-back and is prone to momentary lapses in concentration which he was lucky weren’t punished, especially a clear foul on Diame inside the penalty area. His long throw did cause problems in the West Ham defence though and created some of Stoke’s better chances.
He normally plays as a full-back but showed he is equally as comfortable in the centre of defence as he worked well with Shawcross to control the West Ham forwards. However in first0half injury time he failed to follow Collison’s run off the ball and the midfielder punished him with the opening goal.
Dealt with the pace and skill of Vaz Te when the forward drifted out wide to stretch the Stoke defence, as you would expect he was strong in the tackle and never shirked a 50/50 challenge.
Assisted N’Zonzi in the midfield battle and together they had large parts of possession but were never able to create anything for Crouch and Jerome to work with. He was replaced by Adam in the 77th minute.
The masked man of Stoke’s midfield had a solid game as he dictated the play with well-timed tackles and neat passing. He protected the defence well but could only watch as Collison opened the scoring at the end of the first half.
The winger was not used enough to really put pressure on Demel in the Hammers defence, when he was given the ball there was very little opportunity to run past the full-back and cross into the penalty area.
Gone are the days that Crouch is Stoke’s talisman, he didn’t cause anywhere near the amount of problems Tony Pulis would have wanted and his only real shot on goal was straight at Jaaskelainen.
Only his second start of the season and he struggled to make the impact that he has done as a substitute previously. His movement was very good up front and it caused problems for the Hammers back line but every time he set himself to shoot he was challenged.
Tried to get at O’Brien as often as he could but didn’t quite have the pace to really worry the full-back. His frustrating afternoon continued until the 74th minute when he was replaced by Jones.
He had an easy afternoon as Stoke struggled to create anything of note to really test him. The one shot he did have to save was straight at him from Crouch and although he only gathered at the second attempt he was never actually troubled.
Battled for every ball against Jerome and Crouch and while he wasn’t always successful he was able to get something in the way to stop the Stoke attacks.
Handled Kightly well down the right-hand side, stuck very close to the winger and didn’t give him the opportunity to knock the ball past him and run at him.
Had a bruising battle with Jerome at times and was maybe a little lucky to only pick up a booking in the second half, but in general he handled the striker well. He had a good opportunity in the first half to open the scoring but his looping header was just over the crossbar.
He looked suspect against the pace of Walters down the Stoke right and was lucky that the Stoke man didn’t quite have the acceleration to get away from him. He stuck to his defensive duties well and made some important challenges, with a crucial one on Cameron Jerome worthy of note.
With him in the midfield West Ham will always have a chance, he never gives up on the ball and will do everything he can to get his side back into the game. His runs at the Stoke defence were always a threat and he was unlucky not to get a penalty for a poor tackle by Shotton.
Very busy in the middle of the pitch in an ongoing battle with Whelan, he snapped at the Stoke man’s heels and tried to create chances whenever he could. His delivery into the penalty area was always good but solid Stoke defending was able to clear the ball.
Like Taylor his afternoon ended in the 10th minute as he picked up an injury and was replaced by Vaz Te.
His afternoon was over inside the opening 10 minutes as he was caught by Crouch inside his own penalty area, he was initially knocked out and was immediately replaced by Collison.
He tried to stretch the Stoke defence by pulling wide but had a frustrating first half unable to really get into the game, he improved after the break and could have doubled West Ham’s lead just before the hour but Begovic saved well. He was replaced by Pogatetz late on.
Whilst his all-around play isn’t the prettiest he still worked very hard up front on his own and had a fair amount of success against Shawcross and Wilson. However his finishing continued to leave a lot to be desired as he missed his only chance of the game with a tame header.
Replaced Whelan in the 77th minute but even his creativity couldn't unlock the Hammers defence.
The American replaced Kightly in the 67th minute and showed some good touches but he wasn't able to get his side back into the game.
Replaced Walters in the 74th minute but had very little to work with to test Jaaskelainen.
Replaced Jarvis in the 83rd minute to give the Hammers more defensive cover.
Replaced Taylor in the ninth minute and was the match winner for his side with his injury-time goal at the end of the first half. He worked tirelessly in the middle of the pitch and found himself plenty of space to fire in his second goal of the season.
Ricardo Vaz Té
He replaced Cole in the 11th minute and was a constant thorn in Stoke’s side with his dribbling skills and vision. He created the goal for Collison and was instrumental in creating chances for Jarvis in the second half.