Bolton got two goals in two minutes to come back and win 2-1 at Aston Villa yesterday as the club struggles to get out of the relegation zone of English soccer’s Premier League.
The home team went ahead when Stephen Warnock scored in the 61st minute. Martin Petrov scored a penalty a minute later, followed by David Ngog’s goal in the 63rd minute.
Villa has won just one of its last 13 league games, and is three points above Bolton, which remains in the relegation zone. Bolton move up to 18th, one point behind Queens Park Rangers and Wigan, which each have 34 points. Villa supporters used chants to demand the dismissal of manager Alex McLeish after the loss.
“I can understand the fans’ reaction,” McLeish said. “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, like I said, it was understandable because we had the three points in our grasp.”
Villa plays 10th-place West Brom this weekend, while Bolton travels to 11th-place Sunderland. Villa has won just four home games, setting a mark for its worst home season in history. The team won six times in the 1994-95 and 2004-2005 seasons.