Had little to do in the first period but enjoyed an inspirational second as he made an excellent save on the hour to divert Etherington's free-kick over the bar, as well as an exceptional penalty stop too to deny Walters. Several more great stops helped keep the Canaries in the game after going down to ten men.
Showed attacking intent from right-back, picking out Bennett with a sumptuous through ball down the right flank midway through the first half.
R. De Laet
A very impressive performance from the Manchester United loanee. Scored an excellent header from Johnson’s free-kick in a first half in which he completely dominated Kenwyne Jones.
Dealt ably with Jon Walters, and although occasionally given the slip by Etherington, was a solid presence at the back, making one or two fine interceptions under what pressure there was. Unfairly red-carded, as it seemed that Walters was outside the area when he was brought down.
Had so little to do in terms of marking the anonymous Pennant that he was able to get forward and overlap with Pilkington on the left to good effect.
Unhurried by the quiet Stoke midfield, the former Leeds man did what he had to do simply and effectively, as well as providing an excellent cross for De Laet's goal.
The brightest spark in the early stages, either pushing wide on the left or cutting inside to cross or shoot. Unlucky to be withdrawn after Barnett's red card forced a defensive reshuffle.
A solid performance in central midfield, under no pressure from his Stoke counterparts. Strong and determined.
Fairly promising start for the new signing, although without a particular moment of penetration. Withdrawn with fifteen minutes to go.
A willing runner who put himself about but couldn’t take the first-half header opportunity when it presented itself. Forced a decent save from Begovic early in the second period. Replaced late on by Jackson after running out of steam a little.
Held the ball up well and looked the cannier of the front two but did not pose a great deal of goalscoring threat.
Reacted well to prevent Woodgate scoring an own goal, and made a useful save to stop Martin's shot early in the second half. Did not have a huge amount to do considering Norwich's first-half possession.
Did not do a great deal to keep Pilkington quiet. Clearly not a natural right-back and it showed.
Certainly looked the better central defender compared to Woodgate, but missed an opportunity from a corner to equalise and could not keep the likes of Holt quiet enough.
Endured an abysmal match, giving away the free-kick that led to De Laet's goal with an appalling late challenge on Bennett. Then moments later might have scored an own goal with an attempted interception that Begovic had to react well to keep out. Mercifully substituted on 76 minutes.
Obviously a little uncomfortable on the left flank, although he did push forward a little after the red card.
For long periods of the game, looked the only Stoke player anywhere near making anything happen. Some funky footwork helped him past Barnett once or twice but lost a little of his promise when moved to the right wing.
Should have done a lot more to close the home side down in midfield. An ineffective outing for the Irish international.
Looked like he did not want to be there. Did nothing by way of tracking back to peg back the impressive Pilkington and was hauled off after half an hour having contributed nothing.
Could not impose himself on the game at all and, along with Whelan, was guilty of allowing the Norwich midfield far too much of the ball.
After an anonymous first half, the former Ipswich man was very fortunate to be awarded a penalty when it looked like he was brought down outside the area. Then made an absolute mess of the spot-kick which was well-saved.
Cut a frustrated figure as De Laet in particular had him in his pocket. Received little service from his midfield and general could find little to smile about.
- 13 D. Rudd
- 2 R. Martin
Came on to make his debut after Barnett's sending off, and seemed just as comfortable in dealing with the frustrated Jones, before the former Sunderland man eventually found the scoresheet.
- 14 W. Hoolahan
- 15 D. Fox
Was unable to really make a mark after coming on for the last fifteen minutes, but did help Tierney to keep a lid on Etherington.