The injuries are showing but perhaps the Irons are making things tough on themselves.
The problem we are having is that the team is still trying to play its way through without having Payet or Lanzini who are capable of the killer pass or piece of magic.
It wasn’t until Andy Carroll got himself involved in a real battle with Shawcross that things started to take off a bit although Michail Antonio had showed real pace and some great turns to get beyond the Stoke back line.
With Collins back at central defence things looked solid there but we were sometimes found wanting down the left side defensively although Cressie was great going forward and Alex Song is coming back to his best.
Meanwhile, James Tomkins was great defensively but not unnaturally struggled going forwad as that’s really not his game.
A little aerial service to Carroll may be required.