Handy Andy is Newcastle's hero against Boro!
Lee Ryder reports from Billingham Synthonia
The turnstile operator was an excited man on the way into Billingham Synthonia's Central Avenue tonight as he revealed to me that Kevin Keegan was on the way.
However, with KK busy attending first team matters ahead of the weekend's FA Cup tie at Arsenal there was no sign of the Messiah to the disappointment of the autograph hunters.
What the handful of loyal Toon fans did get though was a superb hat-trick from Andy Carroll who threw his hat into the ring for the trip to the Emirates in fine style against a Boro team who pride themselves on graduates from their Academy as well as an appearance from Mido.
There was also a Toon debut for Hungarian U19 international and former handball player Tamas Kadar who showed some fine touches as he starred in the heart of the back four.
Kadar has already trained with the first team and showed why United were so keen to make his move permanent.
However, sadly for him a knock on 69 minutes ended his night early but it is thought there are no major problems with the slight knock.
Also injured was recent first team debutant Kazenga LuaLua who was stretchered off with a shin injury casting doubts over his involvement with the first team at the weekend.
Carroll bagged a first half header in the first half and this was quickly followed up by a Jonny Godsmark strike which made it 2-0 at the break.
Carroll then missed a penalty in the second half in the foul that resulted in LuaLua's injury.
Yet after cracking the bar he showed his composure to score with an even more difficult chance to make it 3-0 with a low left footed shot across the penalty area.
A good cross from Godsmark before another cool finish from Carroll made it 4-0 and a hat-trick for the 19-year-old with the report that lands on KK's desk certainly a happy read for Newcastle boss.
On 90 minutes Daniel Neary completed the rout with a close range finish to complete a 5-0 rout.
All in all a good night for the second string as Adam Sadler enjoyed his first win as reserve boss.