Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce was delighted with Titus Bramble's performance against former club Ipswich in last night's Carling Cup victory.
Bramble, who left Ipswich for Newcastle in 2002, was made captain for the night on his first competitive return to his hometown club.
"I know Titus was here from eight years old," said Bruce.
"It was fantastic for him to come back. He has his critics. The one thing about him is he is made of stern stuff.
"For me, he was the outstanding player. I know for a fact he was looking forward to coming down here."