Heracles Almelo moved three points clear of the bottom three with a crucial 2-0 win over PEC Zwolle.

herpec jfjfGo Ahead Eagles win over Feyenoord earlier on Sunday had seem them close the gap on Heracles to two points, but the Almelo eased the pressure only 14 minutes into the game with PEC Zwolle as Thomas Bruns headed in from close range after his initial effort was saved by Warner Hahn.

Heracles goalkepeer Bram Castro denied Jody Lukoki an equaliser before the home side doubled their lead just after the break with Bryan Linssen capitalising on some terrible defending before beating Hahn.

The chances of PEC Zwolle making a comeback were ended when Trent Sainsbury was shown a straight red for bringing down Wout Weghorst who was heading through on goal. With the extra man Heracles comfortably held on to move level on points with Excelsior in 14th, while PEC Zwolle sit eighth.

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