Hereford manager Jamie Pitman was relieved after seeing his team beat Crewe 1-0 for only their third home win of the season.

Stuart Fleetwood's goal midway through the first period gave the Bulls three vital points in their battle against relegation.

"We have worked very hard to get the result," said Pitman. "While I don't like to pick too many out, of the back lads, Michael Townsend in particular was excellent as was Stefan Stam. From that you can build and get your chances, then, if you take them you have a chance of winning the game."

Pitman was also keen to pay tribute to the Hereford crowd, who have not had a great deal to cheer about on home territory this season.


"The crowd got behind us well today and it gave the team a massive lift," added Pitman, whose team have won eight times on the road.

"I don't think people always realise how important that is to make sure we get something from games."

"I thought it was a poor game and lacking in atmosphere," said Crewe's veteran boss Dario Gradi.

"I certainly did not think that Hereford were better than us.

"The players worked hard enough but the pitches don't help us much at this time of the year although this pitch is better than ours. They are all bumpy and to get that first-time passing going when the ball is bobbling about is very difficult.

"I thought we defended well. Apart from just that once, our goal was not in any danger and Steve Phillips did not have anything to do - although, after the first few minutes neither did their goalkeeper."

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