The Dutchman overcame a couple of early scares but overall looked a re-assuring last line of defence thanks to adhesive handling and a smart save to deny Bothroyd.
Trademark stuff from the Toon's Argentine captain who was again calmness personified whenever Rangers threatened.
Surely it's only a matter of time before Toon owner Mike Ashley gives him a new contract because he looks more solid than ever.
Following a slow start to life in England, the young Italian has really found his feet and seems to be improving with every match.
There's nothing flash about the tall centre-half but no Newcastle fans will be complaining if he maintains this standard because he won everything QPR threw at him.
He might be a Jack of all trades and master of none but he helped Newcastle dominate after moving from the right wing to central midfield after the crocked Cabaye went off.
If prizes for work-rate were handed out then he would be player of the year but his Spiderman mask stayed well and truly hidden because he let himself down in and around the penalty box.
The French international has been an inspirational figure this season so Newcastle fans will be worried by the sight of their playmaker going off on a stretcher with an ankle injury just as he was getting going.
The former Liverpool midfielder is after a new contract and did himself a favour as he was a willing outlet for his defenders throughout.
So, who needs Demba Ba? The Republic of Ireland striker made sure his team-mate was not missed with a cracking goal, his first since September that capped an impressive display.
He has never been prolific and has only scored once this season but the goals should flow again if he keeps leading the line so intelligently and so assiduously.
He will end up having sleepless nights because Hatem Ben Arfa ran rings round the left-back whose days at Loftus Road could be numbered under Hughes.
He's been around the block a few times but the former Tottenham full-back still got up and down the wings with boyish enthusiasm and he defended like a schoolboy when Newcastle took the lead.
The Welsh defender dominated the aerial exchanges with Leon Best in and around the Hoops' penalty box but struggled when Newcastle stopped opting for route-one tactics.
The stand-in captain looked good as he held the Rangers defence together early on but switched off and was caught ball-watching when Newcastle took the lead and looked vulnerable when the hosts' mobility improved.
He was booed every time he touched the ball by Newcastle fans and rightly so because his ugly late lunge saw Toon playmaker Yohan Cabaye taken off on a stretcher and Derry himself went downhill afterwards.
After a bright opening that saw him strike the crossbar he was handed the Lionel Messi role in the second half but the former Manchester City player showed he certainly is not the Argentine superstar.
He struggled to get into the game after a busy opening and became a peripheral figure. Was lucky a handball in the penalty box was not spotted by Chris Foy.
Mark Hughes likes his centre-forwards to be a handful but the Icelandic striker failed to impress his new boss with an insipid display.
There was just one moment of inspiration from the hard-working Scot when he sent Bothroyd clear but precious little else.
He ran his socks off for the visitors and went close to scoring with a curling effort but missed a glorious chance to equalise when one-on-one with Krul.
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He shored things up late on by shielding the Newcastle back four as Pardew went to protect a slender lead.
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H. Ben Arfa
The mercurial Frenchman added a touch of class to the Newcastle attack with a series of crowd-pleasing runs that left Rangers chasing those proverbial shadows.
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He did his bit as a late substitute.
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He had little impact up in the north east while with Sunderland and nothing changed following his arrival as a second-half substitute.
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The on-loan Manchester United striker scored a hat-trick on his last outing here for the Red Devils reserves but this was a day to forget thanks to his inconsequential second-half cameo.