Rochdale manager Keith Hill hailed a ``professional'' performance after seeing his table-toppers run out comfortable winners against struggling Macclesfield.

First-half strikes from Will Atkinson and Scott Wiseman put the hosts in a commanding position and Jason Taylor rounded things off with a 93rd-minute effort from close range.

Macc were down to 10 men by that stage, Shaun Brisley shown a red card for a professional challenge on Chris O'Grady.

Hill said: ``We were very professional, after the Bradford game there was a little bit of tiredness in the lads.

``There was a big energy today, energy that they didn't really have after trying to recover from Tuesday's fixtures, but they did a very professional job today.

``The measure of our performance is about the effort we put in. We'll have a relaxing week now and get ourselves 100% topped up with energy for the next game.

``I'm really pleased with the three goals, pleased with the performance and pleased to be top going into another week.

``There's no pressure on us being at the top, there's a lot more pressure on those at the bottom.''

Macclesfield rarely threatened and struggled to get into the game after injuries to Ricky Sappleton and Hamza Bencherif forced them to change things round within the first half hour.

Boss Keith Alexander had no qualms with the result but was left angry by referee Steve Cook's handling of the game and Jason Kennedy's challenge on Bencherif which saw the Algerian taken to hospital.

He said: ``I think first of all we were hard done to with the first goal. Nine times out of 10 the ref gives a foul when he's done Paul Morgan in the bottom corner.

``Obviously I'm disappointed with the second one because we had the chance to clear the ball.

``A few words were said at half-time and we came out and did a lot better in the second half.

``Shaun Brisley's red card was a harsh sending-off and obviously when you come to places like this, they're flying and they're top of the table and everything goes for them.

``Hamza Bencherif has gone to hospital after a horrendous tackle, it was disgraceful. The lad's 20 years old and he's got a chance of probably featuring for Algeria in the World Cup squad with people watching him, but then you get a tackle like that.

``You can say well, that's football but it's not acceptable to me.

``These are top of the table, flying and playing at home and we get two shocking decisions go against us. We've lost Ricky Sappleton with another kick and Bencherif with a bad tackle and obviously we're up against it against the top of the table.

``Today we were up against a very good team and people can make excuses but I don't make them.''

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