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By ESPN Staff

Villa striker Carew hits back at Lyon jibes

Aston Villa striker John Carew has hit back at jibes from his former club Lyon about his level of performance at the French club.

Lyon official Bernard Lacombe claimed Carew was 'a bit too static' and 'was not always the best when it came to reading the game.'

But Carew believes the attack by Lacombe is designed to act as a smokescreen for a poor run of results by Lyon since his departure during the January transfer window in a swap deal with Milan Baros.

Carew said 'I left Lyon, they lost five matches - and then the questions start to be asked so I think it is just to justify what they did.

'I think that is a desperate comment (by Lacombe) aimed to protect themselves after selling me because they didn't win for a few games.

'To be honest, it doesn't bother me that much. I turn it into a compliment.

'I am just doing my best here at Villa, to work and run for the team, and hope that will create a good result for the team. I don't really bother about the comments from Lyon. As I say, I take them as a compliment.'

Carew has already made an impact at Villa and become a favourite with the club's supporters and he can see exciting times ahead for Martin O'Neill's side.

He said: 'The fans have been really fantastic, really lifting us and backing us, and it is like having an extra player on the pitch.

'The manager is also fantastic. You have everything you want. You go out there and play and see all the possibilities that this team has and it is very exciting for the future.'

The one frustrating point for Carew is Villa have to wait nearly three weeks before they are again in action at a time when he was looking to hone his match sharpness.

He completed his first 90 minutes for the club at Reading on Saturday after being substituted suffering from cramp in the previous two games with Newcastle and West Ham.

Carew said: 'It is frustrating because I am starting to get fit and on Saturday was my first full 90 minutes since I got injured in December.

'I felt no cramp so it is a step forward. I benefited from having 45 minutes for Norway in mid-week.

'I would have liked to carry on playing to get the last 10% out of my game but I will work hard in training to get that sharpness.'