Latest defeat leaves Villa close to drop zone

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Alex McLeishAlex 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. Aston Villa (9/2 to be relegated) are now just three points above the bottom three.

Now the man who tasted relegation at Villa's arch-rivals Birmingham last season before moving across the city in the summer faces another battle for survival after a dismal run of only one win in 13 league games.  The result leaves Villa with only four Premier League wins at home this season - the worst campaign at Villa Park in the club's history.

Bolton's (13/10 to be relegated) emotions contrasted sharply, as they saw their hopes of Premier League survival lifted by this crucial victory. They are now just a point from safety with a game in hand over their relegation rivals.

With Wolves already down there are only two places left to be filled and now with Aston Villa’s recent poor run its now two from them, QPR, Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn with the last two currently in the drop zone.

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