Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insisted he received positive support from club owner Randy Learner after fans called for the Scot to be sacked following a 2-1 home defeat by Bolton.

McLeish admitted Villa are now in a relegation battle after the Trotters recovered from trailing to a Stephen Warnock goal through a Martin Petrov penalty and a David Ngog close range finish. Fans chanted 'f*** off McLeish, the Villa is ours' and 'sack McLeish my lord' but the Villa boss understands why they did it.

He said: "I can understand the fans' reaction. We went into a deserved lead and to see the game turn like it did was horrible. The reaction was a first for me. But it was understandable because we had the three points in our grasp. I spoke with Randy and Paul Faulkner (chief executive) after the game and they were supportive and said to keep your head up."

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