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Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has lauded striker Andy Carroll following his hat-trick against Aston Villa, but maintains there is a lot more to come from the young forward.

The 21-year-old struck three times at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon to inspire his side to put six past the Villans, their first victory back in the Premier League and their biggest at home for 11 years.

However, despite adding to the 19 goals he got last season for the Toon, Hughton believes the towering youngster will get better with age.

"He [Andy Carroll] is still developing but what he has is great desire and aptitude to improve," Hughton told ESPN.

"He's a bit of a throwback, a local lad and he took his goals very, very well."

Despite a quintessential performance put in by his No 9, the gaffer believes it all began with the screamer that midfielder Joey Barton sent in from 25-yards.

The visitors had only just missed a penalty, as striker John Carew had sent the ball well over the bar, which Newcastle capitalised on by scoring within minutes of their opponents' botched opportunity to break the deadlock.

"I watched Aston Villa last weekend and thought they were emphatic in everything they did - and we expected a tough game," he added.

"But once we got the first goal it lifted any fears we might have had and after half-time we managed to keep it going.

"There was an intensity to our play, but you have got to have goalscoring opportunities. We were able to go right through to the end and as it got more open it suited us more."

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