There was a time when goalkeepers feared Stoke set-pieces but the Dutchman was untroubled.
The Italian really looks as though he is finding his feet in English football following a shaky start to life on Tyneside and looks solid in defence and potent in attack.
The Argentine skipper had so little to do he hardly broke into a sweat and almost scored when he nodded a corner just wide.
He coped well with the aerial threat posed by Peter Crouch and had recovered well from a worrying dip in form that led many to question his Premier League credentials.
The right-back looks like the weakest link in the Newcastle back four and fails to complement the sublime skills of Hatem Ben Arfa.
He played the role of midfield anchorman to perfection with a no-nonsense performance and would have scored but for Begovic's late heroics.
He is a real unsung hero because it was his extraordinary work-rate that allowed Ben Arfa to strut his stuff and his value should not be underestimated.
H. Ben Arfa
The new darling of the Toon Army had his fans drooling with another crowd-pleasing performance that saw him set up Cabaye's opener with a delightful bit of skill.
The standing ovation he received on being brought off midway through the second half said it all because his two goals and an assist showed he was head and shoulders above Stoke.
He did nothing to suggest Stoke were wrong to turn down the chance to sign him last summer and he looked too desperate to score for the first time in 10 matches.
There is just no stopping the rubber-limbed Senegalese sensation who now has 11 Newcastle goals to his credit and is being compared to ex-Toon hitman Andy Cole.
He can hold his head up high because he was let down by woeful defending and pulled off two excellent late saves to deny Cheikh Tiote at the end.
If this was anything to go by, the German looks better striker than his does a centre-half but he raised his game to prevent a thrashing.
Leaden and ponderous, he looked lost when the Newcastle attackers came at him but pulled off an excellent tackle to thwart Ba that reminded everyone what he is capable of.
He will be embarrassed when he watches replays of this game because he was left bamboozled by Hatem Ben Arfa in the build-up to the opening goal.
He looked out of his depth and did not have the guile or the pace to trouble Davide Santon.
His day's work was cut short when Tony Pulis rang the changes to get Stoke back into the game and that saved him from getting the runaround against Ben Arfa.
He is a shadow of the imposing character he was under Steve Bruce at Wigan and hardly got into the game and resorted to wrestling Hatem Ben Arfa to the ground to halt the Frenchman.
He only got going when Newcastle were two goals ahead but at least he stuck at it and kept trying to get Stoke going.
He would have fancied his chances of beating Danny Simpson but was starved of possession and ended up spending most of his time backtracking to stop Ben Arfa.
He failed to make the most of an opportunity when the game was goalless and another chance to grab a consolation when it was 3-0 but otherwise was anonymous.
He will have to pull his socks up if he is to win a place in the England squad because he looked disinterested.
- 35 R. Elliot
- 16 R. Taylor
The utility man was sent on to make the points safe but spent more time attacking than defending.
- 31 S. Ferguson
He did not have enough time to make an impression.
- 20 L. Best
He did his bit to keep the Stoke defence working with a second-half cameo.