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Carew comes to Villa’s rescue

sports Updated: Mar 21, 2010 00:34 IST
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Aston Villa salvaged a 2-2 draw against Premier League strugglers Wolves thanks to John Carew's late equaliser on Saturday.

Martin O'Neill's team looked set for an embarrassing home defeat against their local rivals after James Milner's first half own goal left them trailing until the final minutes at Villa Park. Carew had given Villa an early lead but Jody Craddock equalised before Milner's mistake put the visitors in front.

Fortunately for Villa, Norway striker Carew was on hand to grab the equaliser with eight minutes to play. Even the late leveller was hardly a cause for celebration as Champions League hopefuls Villa missed a chance to draw level with fourth-placed Tottenham ahead of Saturday's late matches.

Wolves moved four points clear of the relegation zone but that gap could be narrowed depending on Burnley and Hull's results this weekend.

O'Neill suffered a pre-match blow when Gabriel Agbonlahor was ruled out with the groin injury suffered during the midweek win at Wigan.

Still, Villa kicked off as the only side unbeaten in the Premier League in 2010 and they were quickly on top.

Carlos Cuellar picked out Carew and he turned past Christophe Berra and fired a low shot just past the far post.

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