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Last Updated: Monday, 11 February 2008, 13:12 GMT
Carew thinks Villa ideally placed
John Carew
Carew celebrates his first hat-trick for Villa on Saturday (Getty)
Aston Villa striker John Carew says the club are perfectly placed to clinch a European place for next season.

The Norwegian scored his first hat-trick for Villa in Saturday's 4-1 thumping of Newcastle.

Villa are sixth in the Premier League just three points off the final Champions League place.

Carew told BBC WM: "We are in a good position. We've kept everybody fit and as long as we avoid serious injury it won't be a problem."

Carew's treble against the Magpies took his tally to nine goals so far this season and he was quick to deflect praise on to his team-mates.

"Ashley's [Young] corner for my first was perfect for me and for the second I was just waiting for it to fall to me in the area and luckily it did," said Carew.

Carew completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the usual taker, Gareth Barry, insisted he took it.

"Gareth told me to take it just after the whistle went and I was happy to. I'm very proud," he added.



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