It was a result that will have many a Stoke fan saying: “Hmm, fair result, happy with that”. Let’s have a look at how the Potters did as individuals.
All things considered, it was a relatively quiet game at the London Stadium on Saturday. A lack of chances at both end didn’t exactly give either defence or attack opportunity to shine, but how did Stoke City’s players get on?
Lee Grant: 6
Relatively quiet game for the Potters goalie. West Ham only managed the one shot on target, from which came their only goal. Performed well when needed.
Phil Bardsley: 6
Did relatively well to keep Antonio and Payet at bay and did his full-back duties well. Wasteful shots at goal when passing was the better option
Ryan Shawcross: 6
Both centre-backs performed well enough to get a job done. Organisation at the back is looking much better as Shawcross looks to continue to toughen up the back-four.
Bruno Martins Indi: 6
Same applies to Martins Indi. Disciplined and hard-working enough in the centre alongside Shawcross. Kept composed when one-on-one.
Erik Pieters: 6
Same rating for the entire back-four here. Pieters, like Bardsley, did well to contain Payet and company. Got forward when he could, too.
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Glen Whelan: 6
Unfortunate to have had an own goal against him. No doubt Antonio will be pushing for that one to be looked at again.
Charlie Adam: 7
Played the holding role well and accompanied it with good distribution and got forward when he could. Good passing and always looked to spread the play. Can he keep Imbula on the bench permanently?
Would have been happy to get his start but no doubt would have like to have done more. The Egyptian didn’t get much opportunity to run at his defender.
Joe Allen: 6
It was always going to be a tougher game for Allen than in recent weeks. The link-up play he would normally be involved in was missing slightly.
Jon Walters: 7
Solid performance from Walters. Showed desire to want to be selected every week. Good awareness to set up Bojan for the goal.
Wilfried Bony: 5
After a promising spell against former club Swansea last time out, Bony would have been keen to add to his tally. Lack of service and minimal involvement earns him a middle-ground rating.
So there you have it. A robust, traditional, performance from Stoke City on Saturday.
You can read the match report from the game at West Ham, here: