Scores on the doors
Given - 7 - A virtual spectator. Kicked steadily, could do nothing about the goals and made an awesome low stop from Simpson.
Beye - 6 - Not his best game in attack and probably culpable for the first goal by proxy.
Coloccini - 8 - A class act. Coped with any physical battle very well, cracking distribution too.
Bassong - 7 - Very steady. Seemed weary in stoppage time but I liked the look of the lad.
Enrique - 7 - Showed some good dribbles and his ball to Owen for the winner was a peach.
Geremi - 5 - Constantly dispossessed and needed two or three touches too many. The weak link. Now set to be our first choice RM following Milner`s transfer request.
Butt - 7 - Was a Ginger Warrior the whole way through. Well and truly a Magpie now.
Guthrie - 7 - Hit and miss. Great energy, half and half distribution, needs some extra shooting practice.
Spiderman - 8 - Lung busting display. The lad is a firm favourite just off the back of his efforts.
Milner - 9 - MOTM with an absolutely tireless display. Couldn`t really fault the bloke. Until post-match.
N`Zogbia - 8 - Quality display from Chuck. Great dribbling and energy later in the game.
Sub: Owen - 7 - One chance, one goal, quality player.