O’Neill: Carew is no longer an automatic first-choice

Carew has started only two of the last eight games because of injury and disciplinary problems.

O’Neill said: “For us to start without John Carew would have been unheard of a few weeks ago.

“But Gabby Agbonlahor has played a couple of games on his own up front and our performance in winning at Arsenal and drawing with United has given the boys belief.”