Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson felt his side showed real character after the 2-2 draw with Accrington.

The Silkmen opened the scoring through Hamza Bencherif but looked to be heading for defeat after Andrew Procter and a penalty from Phil Edwards put Stanley ahead and Carl Tremarco was sent off. But substitute Vinny Mukendi rescued a point in stoppage time.

Simpson said: "Carl Tremarco was booked for the penalty and then he lost his control and had a go at the linesman saying he must have been got at at half-time and we were down to 10 men but we showed some guts and some real character and we fought back and it's a magnificent point."

He added: "There's still a long, long way to go this season and I think it's going to come down to the wire, we're running on empty. We're mentally drained as well as physically drained.

"People say we will get nothing at Chesterfield but you can't write us off because they said we would get nothing at Wycombe and nothing at Torquay."

Accrington boss John Coleman was left to rue decisions that went against his side at Moss Rose.

Coleman said: "We put on an extra man at the back at the end to man-mark the giants they had thrown on but they lost him and it was a lapse of concentration.

"We should have won the game when they were down to 10 men, in fact we should have won it before that unless they've changed the rules I've no idea why our goal was disallowed in the first half. "If we had scored that I'm sure we would have gone on to win comfortably.

"It's a mark of how far we've come as a team but they were so delighted at the end they thought they got a real scalp in getting a point at home to Accrington.

"Now I know how Alex Ferguson must feel. We've been on a good run but now we've got a long time to stew before the next game."

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