It's no wonder they are saying he is the new Edwin Van Der Sar on Tyneside because the breath-taking save the Dutchman pulled off to deny Victor Moses early on was simply world-class.
The center back should be in the running for an England place against Spain and Sweden but hardly got a chance to show off his defensive prowess.
It's no wonder that Davide Santon is still having to wait to make his full debut because this makeshift left back looks the part in unfamiliar territory and always looks a threat at set pieces.
The unflappable Argentine continues to lead by example at the heart of the Newcastle defense where the imperious Magpies skipper hardly puts a foot wrong.
He told a court that his future is uncertain and he produced a performance so anemic that he did little to suggest his club should offer him a new contract.
He is such a commanding figure in the midfield trenches that Newcastle will do well to keep hold of him beyond the end of this season.
They say that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson never lets players leave Old Trafford too early and the French winger did nothing to disprove that theory as he struggled to get into the game
There have been rave reviews about the Frenchman this season and there will be more than ever now thanks to his first goal in Newcastle colors that was the highlight of an otherwise forgettable afternoon.
It took him a while to get going but when did find his feet there was no way Wigan were stopping him as he attacked with gusto.
He had the ideal chance to make it 13 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances when Ryan Taylor curled over a tantalizing cross but fluffed his lines and headed straight at Ali Al-Habsi
It is fair to say that the Irish international striker was not at his best because after being superbly denied by Ali Al Habsi he was guilty of a reckless challenge on Maynor Figueroa was his last act before being substituted at halftime.
Ali Al Habsi
The save the Omani keeper pulled off to keep out out Leon Best's first half header was simply top-drawer and overall he provided reassuring last line of defense.
It looked as though he was going to get bullied by Ba and Best early on but he rose to the physical challenge and when he settled down he looked solid.
He had his hands full to cope with the marauding Jonas Gutierrez and never really got the grips with the Argentine winger.
Commanding, the Wigan skipper marshaled his defense authoritatively to deny his former club.
He made sure that Newcastle hardly got a look in down its right flank with a robust performance at left back.
He might be the most diminutive player in the Premier League but he made up for his lack of inches with a performance full of heart.
Unlucky to be booked for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez, he stuck to his task to make sure Wigan was not out-muscled in midfield by Cheik Tiote.
Newcastle was beaten to the midfielder by Wigan when he was on Crystal Palace's books two seasons ago and he showed Toon fans what they were missing with a neat, tidy and industrious performance.
Didn't have the best of games but deserves credit for sticking to his task and working his socks off when Newcastle were dominating possession.
Class act. He was always there when his Wigan colleagues wanted him and you can't ask much more than that from a central midfielder when your team is up against it.
With the Colombian on their books, Wigan should be bullish about their future because the lone striker caused the Newcastle defense all sorts of problems with clever running and hard work despite being heavily out-numbered.
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- 14 J. Perch
- 3 D. Santon
H. Ben Arfa
When the mercurial Frenchman came on as a half-time substitute the tide turned in Newcastle's favor because of the way he toyed with Wigan.
Another Newcastle super-sub, the Frenchman teed up compatriot Cabaye for the winner and the Magpies could not have asked for much more in a cracking cameo.
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There might not have been a goal from the striker but he helped invigorate the Newcastle attack after coming on as a second-half substitute.