Fans invade pitch in protest as Spireites are thrashed 4-0 at home to Solihull

Chesterfield supporters invaded the pitch in protest against the club's ownership this afternoon, during a game in which the Spireites suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Solihull Moors.

It took less than four minutes for the visitors to take the lead, with Nathan Blissett opening the scoring. It was confirmed by manager Martin Allen that Blissett had been one of his transfer targets.

Defender Michael Nelson, who made his first start since September was taken off after just eight minutes and replaced by Alfie Beestin.

However Blissett struck again to head home Solihull's 2nd before half time.

Things didn't improve in the 2nd half for Chesterfield who conceded a 3rd goal on 70 minutes. This sparked a pitch invasion by around 30 supporters, with voices of discontent ringing around the ground towards the club's ownership and in particular, club director Ashley Carson.

Solihull then added insult to injury when Jermaine Hylton scored on 83 minutes to hand Chesterfield their heaviest defeat of the season.

There were 10 minutes added on by the fourth official at the end of the game as a result of the interruption in play after the 3rd goal.

After the game, a frustrated Martin Allen said: "The first 10 minutes our defending set-plays, long balls, direct balls was appalling,"

"Every time they went forward I thought they were going to score.

""The crowd reaction, I fully understand that. I can't condone them coming on the pitch, but I can understand why they're so unhappy. Everyone that pays their money is more than entitled to their opinion."

Our reporter captured footage of the fans' pitch invasion here

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