Carew keeps Villa in fight for fifth spot

Aston Villa secured their place in Europe next season and Hull City remained dangerously close to the relegation zone after John Carew gave the Midlanders a 1-0 Premier League victory on Monday. The battle between two of the least in-form teams in the league was decided after 34 minutes at Villa Park when Carew turned in a cross from Ashley Young following a sharp counter-attack. It was Villa's first win in 13 games in all competitions and though they cannot now catch fourth-placed Arsenal, it edged them back two points above Everton who are sixth. Villa are now assured of a top-six finish and a place in the Europa League, next season's replacement for the UEFA Cup. Hull, who have plummeted down the table after a flying start to their first season in the top flight, remain on 34 points, three points above third from bottom Newcastle United with three games remaining.