Villa – Sliding Deeper Into Relegation Trouble
Alex McLeish felt the full fury of Aston Villa’s support as his side slumped deeper into trouble near the foot of the Premier League with a home defeat by fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers.
Villa took a deserved lead through Stephen Warnock just after the hour – but Bolton were ahead within three minutes as Martin Petrov equalised from the penalty spot and David Ngog swept home a second almost immediately.
McLeish’s side had impressed in the first half without getting the reward they deserved but the atmosphere inside Villa Park turned sour, and firmly against the manager, in the closing moments, as they chased the equaliser in vain.
Chants of “sack McLeish” – and worse – rained down on the Scot and he was subjected to a torrent of criticism as he made his way down the touchline from the technical area to the tunnel after the final whistle.