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Aston Villa victory earns Europa League spot

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  • Hull remain deep in relegation trouble following their 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa
  • Striker John Carew scores the only goal of the game for Martin O'Neill's side
  • Villa are now assured of European football next season after narrow home win
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(CNN) -- Aston Villa made sure they will be playing European football next season and left Hull City deep in relegation trouble with a 1-0 win at Villa Park.

Aston Villa's Luke Young and Hull City's Nick Barmby rise for the ball on Monday.

Aston Villa's Luke Young and Hull City's Nick Barmby rise for the ball on Monday.

Giant Norwegian striker John Carew wrapped up the points with a 34th minute goal on Monday night -- his 10th Premier League goal of the season in only 15 starts for Villa.

Hull searched in vain for an equalizer and were pressing until the end, but their poor run of form continues, and they are one place and three points above the relegation zone with 34 points from 35 games.

Villa also ended a nine-game run without a win and move into fifth place with 58 points from 35 games, guaranteeing a Europa League place next season having challenged strongly for Champions League football until their poor run.

Carew's breakthrough came as he got the slightest of touches to an excellent cross in from the right by Ashley Young.

Just before halftime, Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill made a fine stop from Gabriel Agbonlahor's near post drive and he continued to frustrate Villa after the break.

Gareth Barry and James Milner saw shots well-saved, and with 15 minutes left he was on hand to deny Agbonlahor at point-blank range after Curtis Davies had set him up with a header.

Hull rarely threatened with Daniel Cousin finishing weakly from their best move of the match and it despite forcing several corners in a frantic last few minutes could not rescue a point despite keeper Myhill joining the fray in the area.

Phil Brown's men were as high as fourth in the early part of the season but have slipped alarmingly in the run-in and are battling with north-east sides Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland to avoid going down with seemingly doomed bottom side West Bromwich Albion.

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