Ali Al Habsi
In all honesty, the Omani goalkeeper will not have had many easier afternoons this season. Newcastle did attack whenever they could, but Al-Habsi still had little to do.
Everyone expected the centre-back to be in for quite a tough afternoon against Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, but in truth it was pretty easy for the Scot who handled both strikers with relative ease.
Very solid afternoon from the Honduran. His passing was excellent and positive, always looking forward, but he also dealt well with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.
Not exactly the most robust or technically gifted of players, but was effective today. Playing in a right wingback position, he bombed forward time and time again, but also got back often. His attacking play got him an assist for Moses’ opener thanks to an excellent cross.
Always looks as though he has a cataclysmic error in him at some point, but no one will have any complaints with him today.
Gave a good performance, but was a little quieter than McCarthy. Looked more defensively orientated but did his job well, putting his foot in when needed.
The Wigan midfield trident was so effective in nullifying Newcastle and McCarthy was no different. Put in lots of good tackles and blocks, while he also helped start many forward moves. Perhaps a little lucky to stay on the pitch when he was booked for what looked like a two-footed tackle, but did well nonetheless.
A slightly peculiar performance from Moses as he often drifted in and out of the game, rarely getting on the ball and running at people in the first half, but he was lethal in front of goal, bagging two excellent finishes.
One of the creators in chief for Wigan this afternoon. Constantly provided an outlet on the left, even if his crossing was not always perfect. Will claim an assist for Moses’ second and generally gave his marker something to think about.
F. Di Santo
The opening minutes of the match summed up his entire performance as he started in a confident mood. He was often involved in attacking play, getting an assist for Maloney’s goal and produced a moment of magic as he got Wigan’s fourth. Could perhaps get his head up a little earlier.
Probably could not have done anything about any of the goals, but he generally looked uncomfortable as he flapped at corners and crosses. Certainly not one of his better performances.
The centre-back has been excellent this season, with his form ensuring Newcastle have not missed Steven Taylor, but he had no answer for Franco Di Santo or Victor Moses today.
Was recently named in the PFA Team of the Year, but he did not show that form here. Got a few headers in, but Di Santo had the better of him all day. Appeared nervous on the ball and was generally susceptible in defence.
Energetic and exciting in attack, but poor defensively. Was swapped to right-back early in the first-half as Moses had the better of him and he did not do much better out there with Maloney often pulling out to the left.
Was better after the break as he seemed more inclined to get forward, but struggled even then. Did not cope very well at the back and was caught out for Maloney’s goal.
Fairly anonymous in truth. Offered very little throughout.
H. Ben Arfa
The winger undoubtedly has talent and is exciting, but very frustrating. His passing was inconsistent and he failed to offer support to team-mates enough. Often tried to do everything himself as he dribbled past several players, but more often than not he was halted by a Wigan defender. Replaced by Ryan Taylor.
Surprisingly quiet afternoon from the France international. Completely outplayed by the Wigan midfield in the first half, nullifying any threat he offered. More potent in the second 45, but not enough.
Put himself about as usual, but was not very effective as the Wigan midfield controlled most of the match. Got involved more in the second half, but it was too little too late with the match already lost.
Unfortunately for him and his team he could not extend his record to seven consecutive matches with a goal, but it wasn’t like he did not try. The striker was arguably the only Newcastle player who came out with his reputation untarnished as he battled away, hitting the crossbar and generally attacking well, but he couldn’t beat the entire Wigan defence all by himself.
Very quiet afternoon. The Senegal striker has gone off the boil a little of late and did not look back to his normal self today. Didn’t really have any chances and his passing was very poor.