Villa's 4,000-strong contingent instead cheered Shay Given's debut and a lively Darren Bent in the 3-1 victory.
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McLeish made a point of stepping on to the pitch to applaud the Villa fans but they did not respond.
'You have to confront these things in life,' he said. 'It was a good reception. I'm delighted the Villa fans saw a few goals.'
Two of those came from Bent, who then helped set up Emile Heskey's third. Paul Marshall pulled one back for the home side.
Thumbs up: Bent scored twice in Villa's 3-1 friendly win over Walsall
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