Accrington Stanley extended their unbeaten league run to nine matches as they thrashed Macclesfield and claimed their biggest victory of the season.

Colin Daniel missed two chances for the visitors before the hosts took charge.

Craig Lindfield headed in Kevin McIntyre's cross and Kevin Long powered home a loose ball to double the lead.

Micah Evans tapped in after Jose Veiga had parried Charlie Barnett's shot and Andy Procter's header from Lindfield's corner sealed the convincing win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"To come in 2-0 down after playing so well in the first half, it's always an uphill battle.

"It's been very difficult as we didn't know who was and wasn't fit. Some lads have come in for their first game and some lads who shouldn't have been on the bench got 45 minutes.

"I'm not going to beat myself up about it as the lads give what they could, but today was a bridge too far for the lads we had out."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 03 Winnard
  • 04 Hessey (Murphy - 33' )
  • 17 Long
  • 06 Procter
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 27 Hughes (Coid - 67' )
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 23 Amond (Stockley - 75' )
  • 08 Barnett
  • 19 Evans

Substitutes

  • 01 Murdoch
  • 02 Coid
  • 12 Murphy
  • 10 Craney
  • 21 Stockley

Macclesfield

  • 01 Veiga
  • 03 Tremarco Booked
  • 06 Morgan
  • 14 Diagne
  • 16 Brisley (Tomlinson - 46' )
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 11 Daniel
  • 12 Mendy
  • 17 Wedgebury
  • 25 Thomas Booked
  • 18 Fairhurst (Fisher - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Collis
  • 02 Bateson
  • 19 Fisher
  • 23 Tomlinson
  • 27 Daniels
Ref: Sutton
Att: 1,704

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

5 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

6 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:05

Charlie Barnett produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

90:00 +1:02

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sam Wedgbury. Tom Fisher produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

90:00 +0:32

Charlie Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Tremarco. Sam Wedgbury crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kevin Long.

88:34 Booking

Booking Michael Thomas receives a caution.

88:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Thomas on Jayden Stockley. Charlie Barnett takes the indirect free kick.

87:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jayden Stockley by Arnaud Mendy. Indirect free kick taken by Charlie Barnett.

84:36

Tom Fisher takes a shot. Save made by Ian Dunbavin.

81:04

Micah Evans fouled by Tony Diagne, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McIntyre takes the indirect free kick.

79:49

Unfair challenge on Jayden Stockley by Paul Morgan results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Charlie Barnett from left wing, Jose Veiga makes a save.

79:01

Micah Evans challenges Elliott Hewitt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Thomas takes the free kick.

77:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Evans by Sam Wedgbury. Indirect free kick taken by Charlie Barnett.

75:47

Assist by Craig Lindfield.

75:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Procter - Accrington 4 - 0 Macclesfld Andrew Procter finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Accrington Stanley 4-0 Macclesfield.

75:14

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Lindfield,

74:02

Clearance made by Carl Tremarco.

74:02 Substitution

Substitution Jayden Stockley is brought on as a substitute for Padraig Amond.

74:02

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Lindfield from the right by-line to the near post,

73:19

Micah Evans takes a shot. Save by Jose Veiga.

72:27

Charlie Barnett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

71:26 Substitution

Substitution Waide Fairhurst leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Fisher.

70:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Colin Daniel from the right by-line.

69:19

Craig Lindfield is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Elliott Hewitt takes the free kick.

67:26

Unfair challenge on Micah Evans by Tony Diagne results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Charlie Barnett, clearance by Michael Thomas.

66:07 Substitution

Substitution Danny Coid comes on in place of Bryan Hughes.

61:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Micah Evans - Accrington 3 - 0 Macclesfld Micah Evans finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Accrington Stanley 3-0 Macclesfield.

60:38

Foul by Elliott Hewitt on Charlie Barnett, free kick awarded. Kevin McIntyre restarts play with the free kick.

59:40

Foul by Ben Tomlinson on Peter Murphy, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

58:17

The ball is sent over by Micah Evans.

56:25

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sam Wedgbury.

55:46

Charlie Barnett produces a cross, Jose Veiga makes a save.

54:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by Michael Thomas. Bryan Hughes takes the free kick.

51:34

Sam Wedgbury takes a inswinging corner.

49:45

Tony Diagne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre. Ian Dunbavin takes the indirect free kick.

48:43

Unfair challenge on Kevin Long by Colin Daniel results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Long.

47:44

Shot from deep inside the area by Andrew Procter clears the bar.

47:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Tomlinson. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

45:58

The referee blows for offside. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

45:04 Substitution

Substitution Ben Tomlinson comes on in place of Shaun Brisley.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:07

Craig Lindfield provided the assist for the goal.

45:00 +0:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Long - Accrington 2 - 0 Macclesfld Kevin Long finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 2-0 Macclesfield.

44:28

Corner taken by Craig Lindfield,

41:54

Shaun Brisley challenges Padraig Amond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Charlie Barnett, clearance by Michael Thomas.

40:30

A cross is delivered by Craig Lindfield, Michael Thomas manages to make a clearance.

39:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Colin Daniel. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

32:53

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury, Kevin Long makes a clearance.

32:53 Substitution

Substitution Sean Hessey goes off and Peter Murphy comes on.

30:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tony Diagne. Free kick taken by Kevin Long.

29:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Winnard on Tony Diagne. Free kick crossed by Sam Wedgbury, Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

27:49

The ball is swung over by Bryan Hughes, Tony Diagne makes a clearance.

25:10 Booking

Booking Carl Tremarco receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

24:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Tremarco on Charlie Barnett. Sean Hessey takes the indirect free kick.

23:03

Colin Daniel challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

21:25

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Lindfield from the right by-line, clearance made by Jose Veiga.

17:32

Padraig Amond crosses the ball.

14:32

Colin Daniel takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

12:10

Kevin McIntyre provided the assist for the goal.

12:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Lindfield - Accrington 1 - 0 Macclesfld Craig Lindfield grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-0 Macclesfield.

9:11

Bryan Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony Diagne. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Tremarco.

8:12

Sam Wedgbury takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Ian Dunbavin manages to make a clearance.

7:58

Colin Daniel produces a cross, Sean Hessey manages to make a clearance.

6:56

Colin Daniel takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin gets a block in.

6:25

Padraig Amond challenges Paul Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Tremarco restarts play with the free kick.

4:43

Colin Daniel concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Dunbavin. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

4:14

Corner taken by Sam Wedgbury, clearance by Kevin Long.

3:58

Colin Daniel produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

2:52

Foul by Dean Winnard on Arnaud Mendy, free kick awarded. Sam Wedgbury crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Bryan Hughes manages to make a clearance.

1:43

Kevin McIntyre produces a cross, Shaun Brisley makes a clearance.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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