Friday Night Frights: Basketball beats Football

Taylor Payne presides over a dissection of Newcastle's Friday night match with Leeds. Providing eye witness reporting and in-depth analysis are The Athletic's NUFC correspondent Chris Waugh and Senior Writer George Caulkin.
The Sky Sports production from St James's Park got the seal of approval from many fans and George, watching from his sickbed, agreed that it was a refreshing change of direction from a national broadcaster. The game itself was a chaotic mess, but that's more enjoyable than a dour mess, and the mayhem may have taken the pressure off our embattled manager.
We also ponder the bittersweet story of Andy Carroll. Released by the club after a second spell which saw him used infrequently, he spoke to Alan Shearer for The Athletic this week.