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Fans' anger at Houllier

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John Curtis

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

Gerard Houllier told Aston Villa fans "I know what I'm doing" after coming under fire from the terraces after his side's latest defeat. Houllier admits the level of hostility towards him was a new experience in his career after Matt Jarvis' goal sucked Villa into the Premier League relegation battle.

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Fans chanted "we want Houllier out" at the final whistle and also questioned his substitution of midfielder Marc Albrighton midway through the second period. Villa are now hovering just above the bottom three after collecting only five points from the last six games.

"I shared the fans' frustrations. They are not happy with me and I'm not happy with what we are doing at the moment. This is what happens when you don't get the results. You have to live with that. The hostility was not something I have really faced before. It is completely new but I can live with that," Houllier said.

Houllier remains convinced that Villa will climb clear of the bottom three despite their latest setback. "I think we will do it," he said. "I am convinced we have everything it takes.We have quality in the team but at the moment it just doesn't go our way.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had little sympathy for Houllier. "I don't like to hear any manager get hostility towards them but I would prefer it to be him or 18 other managers rather than me!" he said.

"It comes with the job. If you get beaten by a team in the bottom three, you get it (the hostility). It is a deserved victory. I know they hit the bar but overall we dominated the game. It was a worthy victory."

Jarvis settled the game with a fierce first-time shot to earn Wolves their second away success of the season.

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