Was given very little to do, particularly after the break, as the Dutchman enjoyed one of his more quiet days at the office.
Typically assured at the back, the centre-back was troubled very little and the second half will surely go down as one of the easiest halves of the Argentine's career.
Allowed Assaidi to cut inside and shoot on a couple of occasions (including the first goal) and struggled to deal with his trickery throughout the afternoon. However, that dubious defensive first-half display was counter-balanced by an impressive attacking showing in the second.
Made some timely interventions in the first half and, like his partner in the middle of defence, enjoyed a second half where he was practically a spectator.
Performed fairly well before being brought off for Haidara, both getting forward on the left and providing solid cover defensively.
Struggled to assert himself on the game before being sacrificed at half-time as Pardew chose to go more attacking due to Stoke's double dismissal.
H. Ben Arfa
Came in for the suspended Tiote and duly impressed, particularly after Stoke had a man dismissed. Set up Remy for the opening goal and threatened constantly throughout the second half, and was incredibly unlucky not to score.
Ran his socks off and, though not everything he did came off, the Frenchman proved a difficult figure for Stoke to stop in the second half.
Was his cultured self in the middle of the park, displaying his usual technical prowess and capping an impressive performance with a similarly impressive goal.
Threatened with his pace but provided little end product on the day, his goal aside. Should have scored a headed chance that Remy put on a plate for him, though it mattered very little in the end.
Struggled to have an affect on the game before the dismissals but really thrived thereafter, proving a constant thorn in Stoke's side in the second half.
With Asmir Begovic injured, Sorensen was afforded a rare start and endured a tough day at the office. He made a good save to deny Remy from the penalty spot but could've done better for the second goal, a mistake that proved costly.
As with the rest of the Stoke defence, looked composed up until Whelan's dismissal but struggled to cope from thereon in. His struggles peaked with the foul on Ben Arfa that allowed Cisse to stroke home from the penalty spot.
Was characteristically solid in the first half but could do little to prevent Newcastle from running riot in the second period, though he did his utmost - all you can really ask in such circumstances.
As with Shawcross, equipped himself as well as he could in the face of some serious Newcastle pressure. The two-men disadvantage told, however, though there was little Cameron himself could have done.
Dismissed in the first half for a tug on Remy in the penalty area. Dealt admirably with Newcastle's threat prior to that moment but his dismissal cost his team dearly in the end as Stoke capitulated after his red card.
Though it could be deemed his harsh, he was impetuous to both kick the ball away for the first booking and kick Ben Arfa for the second. Ultimately, the red card signalled the start of Stoke's demise and he should perhaps be more careful in the future.
Replaced the enigmatic Arnautovic in the starting eleven and did well up until the dismissal, threatening with a couple of smart efforts. Laboured after the half-time interval, however, as he was part of a midfield that couldn't make up for their two-man disadvantage.
Did some decent work in the first half but could do little to avert the crisis in the second half and looked disconsolate on his substitution with twenty minutes to go. A thankless task for the midfielder today.
Was characteristically hard-working but offered little else, even before the two dismissals, as he failed to produce any real moments of quality. It's fairly easy to see how he's scored a solitary goal this season.
The striker offered an outlet prior to the dismissal but proved a luxury after the red cards, eventually being replaced by the more mobile Palacios as Hughes turned to damage limitation in the latter stages.
Score another excellent goal as he caused Debuchy problems down the right in the first period. Was unlucky to be sacrificed at the break as Mark Hughes looked to shore up his defence.
Came on for Santon and impressed down the left, getting forward with some intent as he caused Wilkinson problems. Will be hoping the knock he picked up from a strong Shawcross challenge was not too serious.
Replaced Anita at half-time and helped Newcastle control the second half as he provided a constant outlet up front. Will be disappointed he couldn't grab a goal against a nine-man Stoke, however.
Came on and, thanks to his occasional strike partner's generosity, had an opportunity to score from the spot. Tucked it away with aplomb as he finally broke his goal duck.
Struggled upon his introduction at the half-time interval as he was beaten time and time again down the right. Even with nine men, he should be doing better to protect his flank.
Came on in an unfamiliar midfield position and did all he could to prevent matters from getting worse, though that, inevitably, proved to be very little as Stoke continued to get overrun.
Did what he was put on to do: work hard. He ran tirelessly in upon his introduction in the second period but was largely fruitless in his pursuit of the ball.