Xherdan Shaqiri’s world class strikes gifted Mark Hughes successive victories in the Premier League for the first time since February.
But how did they rate?
Lee Grant [GK] – 7
Picked up his second clean sheet in a row in a game where he looked comfortable all afternoon. Perfect Butland replacement.
Phil Bardsley [RB] – 7
It was a quiet afternoon for the Scotsman who is really beginning to challenge Glen Johnson for the permanent right-back spot.
Ryan Shawcross [RCB] – 7
Slowly getting back to his best, Shawcross looks so comfortable alongside Martins Indi and will be delighted to have kept his second successive clean sheet.
Bruno Martins Indi [LCB] – 8
Whilst all the plaudits will be with Joe Allen when it comes to summer recruitment, Martins Indi is proving to be one of the shrewdest signings of the Premier League summer. Having formed a fantastic partnership with the previous mentioned Shawcross, Mark Hughes will be very quick to tie up a permanent deal for the Dutchman.
Erik Pieters [LB] – 7.5
Another player who’s place in the first team was questioned a few weeks ago, Pieters was superb today at vital moments in the game for Stoke.
Glenn Whelan [CDM] – 6.5
Not his best game in a red and white shirt, but Glenn is absolutely crucial to any success Mark Hughes hopes to have this season. The job he does is criminally unnoticed, and whilst he wasn’t brilliant today, his role in the team was vital.
Geoff Cameron [CDM] – 8.5
I’m running out of superlatives to describe this man. Having spent years trying to nail down a concrete place in the first team, Cameron has grabbed the defensive midfield position and absolutely made it his own. It was another masterclass today from the US international. Long may it continue, Geoff!
Xherdan Shaqiri [RM] – 10
Wow! Xherdan Shaqiri proved his world class ability today with two absolute wonder strikes to gain Stoke City’s 100th win in the Premier League. His first half screamer was followed by a truly stunning second-half free kick. It comes as no surprise that every game Xherdan has featured in this season, Stoke City have not lost. Vital.
Joe Allen [CM/CAM] – 8
Another stellar showing from the Welshman who’s goalscoring run came to an unfortunate end. Allen constantly peppered the Hull City goal all afternoon, and was unfortunate to not get himself on the scoresheet.
Marko Arnautovic [LM] – 8
Constantly found himself behind Hull City’s backline, and similarly to Allen, was unfortunate not to score. Arnie was at the forefront of everything positive for Stoke City today, and will fee peeved to have not notched himself.
Wilfried Bony [ST] – 6.5
Worked hard all afternoon for his team, and again, had a golden chance on the stroke of half-time and was unlucky to see it expertly blocked by Michael Dawson. His goal will come for Stoke City, should Hughes persist with the Ivorian, and when it does, plenty will follow.
Mame Biram Diouf – 6.