Sports writer Paul Goodwin gives his verdict on Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Stoke City.
Stuckmann 5: Made a couple of smart saves but his dreadful goal kick led to Walters’ winner.
Alcock 7: Impressive. Getting better with more game time. Reliable in defence and productive going forward. Might have had a penalty in the second half.
McCullough 7: His run from inside his own half to create Tyson’s goal was Bobby Moore-esque!
Butler 6: Relished the physical battle with Crouch and co but should have equalised deep into stoppage time.
Taylor-Sinclair 6: Enjoyed the odd foray forward but his defending let him down when he let Joselu get past him to cross for Crouch’s goal.
Evina 7: Another lively display from the wing back.
Middleton 7: Filled in admirably for the injured Coppinger and showed good composure on the ball at times. A mature performance.
KEEGAN 8: Sacrificed as Rovers went in search of an equaliser but was arguably their best player. Combative off the ball, composed on it.
Grant 7: Continues to look the part. Intelligent in possession and not in the slightest bit intimidated by the quality of the opposition.
Tyson 7: Typically persistent but left to rue his late miss.
Williams 7: Ran his socks off again and completely rattled Wollscheid.
Subs: Main: Produced a perfect cross for Butler.
Chaplow: His cross saw Butler hit the bar.
MacKenzie: Tried his best as an emergency striker.
Stoke: Haugaard 7, Bardsley 6 (Johnson 61), Shawcross 6, Wollscheid 6, Wilson 6, v.Ginkel 6, Adam 6 (Sidwell 87), Walters 7, Joselu 5, Diouf 6, Crouch 6 (Whelan 66). Subs not used: Butland, Odemwingie, Teixeira, Shenton.