Striker inspires 6-0 home victory over Aston Villa...
The towering frontman inspired his club to a 6-0 victory at St James' Park on Sunday, their first game at home since returning to the Premier League.
A sizzling strike from midfielder Joey Barton began the proceedings, that saw captain Kevin Nolan score twice, while Carroll justified his status as the club's No. 9 with a hat-trick that showcased his skills to the maximum - much to the delight of former Toon legend Shearer, who was present.
"It's great feeling, especially in front of the home fans," Carroll told BBC Sport.
"I'm just over the moon with all three [goals] of them. I enjoy playing my football, I'm happy being the number nine at this club but I just want to do well for the team."
Following the Magpie's biggest home victory in 11 years, they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers.