Hereford thrashed League Two leaders Chesterfield to boost their survival hopes.

Stuart Fleetwood put the home side into an early lead with a firm header from Joe Colbeck's cross from the left.

Craig Davies hit the post for the visitors after the break but Steven Leslie doubled Hereford's lead with a low drive from 20 yards.

Colbeck curled in a third from 18 yards for the Bulls as they secured only their fourth home win of the season.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Hereford manager Jamie Pitman told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"I've always believed that we are capable of getting results at home and we are, but we have drawn too many.

"We haven't lost a lot but we have definitely drawn too many but we have managed to pull out a few results when we have really needed them.

"You have got to give the players credit for that - look at everything they have gone through this year and they have kept ploughing on and haven't moaned about anything."

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Shocking performance. People keep saying we are this, that and the other and we've been playing well and we're 10 points clear. That performance won't get you anywhere.

"I just want to apologise to the people who've come and paid money to watch us, we had a good support here. I think they were coming to expect a better result and a better performance than we gave them so I apologise."

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