MANAGERLESS Hartlepool United crashed out of the FA Cup as League Two Chesterfield inflicted a humiliating 6-1 defeat.
The result – and embarrassing nature of the performance – would have done little to aid caretaker boss Micky Barron’s hopes of landing the full-time role.
From the off, the hosts – who are 16th in the fourth tier – bossed their lethargic and pitiful visitors.
Scott Boden (16) opened the scoring before Mark Randall (29) and Craig Clay (42) put the tie out of sight by half-time.
Terrell Forbes (54) added a fourth and Jack Lester’s fifth came just one minute after a Tony Sweeney (78) consolation.
And the humbling was complete when Craig Westcarr made it six at the death.
Paul Cook’s men found the breakthrough with their first meaningful attack of the afternoon.
Danny Whitaker carved open the Pools backline with a measured throughball for Boden to chase and he clipped over Scott Flinders with a fine, first-time finish into the top corner.
The Spireites doubled their advantage on 28 minutes with another well-crafted goal.
Drew Talbot, the right-back, roared between Evan Horwood and Paul Murray before driving into the area and drawing back for Randall who was left with a routine tap-in from six yards.
Tendayi Darikwa could have put the tie out of sight when stepping free of Neil Austin inside the area but his goal-bound curler was deflected wide.
Steve Howard then saw a towering header clawed clear by Richard O’Donnell as Pools sought a response before the break.
Chesterfield’s third was embarrassing for Pools, midfielder Craig Lay walking unmarked on to Boden’s pull back and he tucked home from 14 yards.
Within six minutes of the restart for the second period it was four, Forbes wandering completely unattended into the danger zone to volley Whitaker’s free-kick into the bottom corner.
Howard and Noble both drew saves from O’Donnell before Sweeney headed the visiting consolation on 77 minutes.
But within 60 seconds substitute Lester had his goal when he capitalised upon a mistake by Peter Hartley to scamper clear and hammer into the top corner.
And Westcarr got in on the act with a close-range smash into the roof of the net after Whitaker had forced his way into the area and rolled back for his team-mate.