Rarely called upon, more thanks to Metalist's failure to hit the target than a comprehensive defensive display, but when asked the question by Cleiton Xavier's header, the Dutchman hand the answer, pulling off a superb save from point-blank range.
Looked nervy during the first 45 at right back, but his performance improved tenfold after the break, with the 23-year-old a whole lot more assured when on the ball.
Struggled at times with the twisting and turning of Marlos, Metalist's most lively attacking threat, but showed good intent when going forward himself, particularly when teeing up Cisse for a superb second-half opportunity.
Looked unaffected by the mistake which cost Newcastle a point against Tottenham. Comfortable in possession, and certainly an equal in the defensive partnership with Coloccini.
A largely comfortable display for the captain, particularly with the opposition attack doing most of their bidding from the flanks, yet the Argentine was fortunate to see Krul save Xavier's header after his poor attempt to clear.
Constantly dropping off to link up play and retain possession, the France international's lovely first-time through ball for Cisse in the first half really should have resulted in the opening goal of the game.
Reluctant to get forward in the opening stages, but when he did, the Argentine gave a typical performance - swashbuckling forward runs that rarely ended with a productive final ball.
It may only be his fourth outing in a Newcastle shirt, but the Frenchman is already renowned in these parts for bullying the opposition with his pace and power. A player who makes things happen, and was unfortunate to be wrongly ruled offside after teeing up Cisse to score
A combative performance in midfield that was not without the customary yellow card. Still needs to improve his awareness, but a display to remind Newcastle of his worth after the recent exploits of Sissoko.
A continuation of the form that suggests Obertan may have a role to play, however small, on Tyneside. Looks to be gaining increasing confidence when on the flank, and while his crossing can leave much to be desired, he linked up well with Santon and Cabaye at times
The Senegalese striker's form from last season continues to elude him. Unfortunate to see his first-half goal wrongly cancelled out by the linesman, and then again in the second. A frustrating evening for Cisse, who offers little if he isn't scoring
Had very little to do throughout, but when called upon, particularly by Cisse's close-range effort in the second half, was more than up to the task.
Repeatedly bullied off the ball by Sissoko, while he allowed Cisse to turn him far too easily to get a run through on goal.
Struggled with the double-pronged threat of Santon and Obertan, and then Gutierrez in the second half, and should have done more to exploit the space behind his fellow full back.
Certainly looked more comfortable than his fellow center back, and dealt with Cisse well throughout.
When Gutierrez did get forward, the Brazilian was easily beaten at left back. However, after Marveaux's introduction, had little to think about in the way of defending.
Happy to drop off Santon's shoulder, the Brazilian was a key part of Metalist's fluid forward line up. Was unfortunate not to score after his captain got in his way as he looked to pull the trigger.
Helped to retain possession well and move the ball forward, particularly in the first half when Metalist enjoyed its best spell of possession
Aside from Sissoko, the most impressive player on the field. The 24-year-old was equally adept cutting inside from the right as he was driving down the flank, and was only hampered by his own reluctance to shoot at times.
A busy midfield display from the captain, who was prepared to drop deep to seek the ball and also drive the game forward. However, a lack of communication with Cleiton Xavier saw a superb chance squandered, with the pair getting in each other's way when through on goal.
The diminutive defensive midfielder struggled against Newcastle's impressive central trio of Cabaye, Sissoko and Tiote.
Very quiet from the 23-year-old, who rarely troubled either of the Newcastle center backs, with the widemen instead providing the bulk of attacking impetus.