Vito Mannone - 7
Very solid and dependable and very little bounced away from him.
Billy Jones - 8
Another really excellent performance from the full back. A far more restrained performance that we saw last week but it was exactly what was required.
Santiago Vergini - 9
Immaculate. Stoke are still a physical side and all concerns over his suitability for a central defensive role in England must now have been utterly dismissed.
John O'Shea - 7
He was good and solid, but didn't stand-out.
Patrick van Aanholt - 9
Looks an absolute snip and a peach of a summer signing. Seems to see danger nice and quickly.
Lee Cattermole - 8
Very good, as ever. Pick of the midfield.
Seb Larsson - 7
Off the ball he was industrious as ever but dithered far too much on it for my tastes.
Jordi Gomez - 7
Very good in the first half but a bit sloppy at times after the break.
Will Buckley - 6
Just didn't quite work for him, though the referee really didn't help him with some of the things he was letting go.
Steven Fletcher - 9
Fletch is back! That, for me, was Fletcher's best ever performance a Sunderland shirt. Any other day he'd have probably breezed to our man of the match award.
Connor Wickham - 9
Man of the match - just.
Adam Johnson - 6
Didn't really do much other than float set pieces harmlessly into the goalkeeper's hands. Injected some positivity towards the end, though.
Liam Bridcutt - 6
Jack Rodwell - 6
Nice... errrrrm... 'dummy'.
The Lee Cattermole Award For Man Of The Match - Connor Wickham
The youngster shades it for our newly-named Man of the Match award with a supremely powerful performance. Fletcher outscored him on the day, but the run Wickham produced for the third goal was like a runaway train. Superman himself could have been asked to stop him and he'd have probably brought the whole Justice League along with him for some back-up. Wow.