McLeish has support that matters
Alex McLeish claims he has the backing of Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner after calls for him to be sacked.
Villa are now just three points above the Barclays Premier League bottom three and have won one of their last 13 games.
Supporters turned on manager McLeish after Villa surrendered the lead given them by Stephen Warnock as goals from Martin Petrov (penalty) and David Ngog earned Bolton a survival lifeline.
McLeish said the level of abuse towards him "was a first" but he is determined to win the battle to stay up with the support of Lerner and Faulkner.
McLeish said: "They were supportive, they said 'you've got to keep your head up'. They said everyone has to stay together and battle together and see it through. It (the fans' reaction) has also not weakened my resolve to carry on and see this through. Absolutely not. I'm not someone who shirks a challenge and I'll keep going.
"I can understand the fans' reaction. We went into a deserved lead and to see the game turn around like it did was horrible. I'll keep fighting for this team to get the points that can make us safe and every player knows the task facing them as well."