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Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson could not fault his players despite watching them slip to a 1-0 defeat at Swindon.

Paul Benson's headed goal from Luke Rooney's cross in the 76th minute was enough to win the match for the Robins, while the hosts also missed a penalty through Matt Ritchie after Macclesfield's Nat Brown was sent off for a foul on Aden Flint.

However, Simpson praised his squad for pushing promotion-chasing Swindon for as long as they did.

"I cannot be too hard on my players and I thought we put up a good fight," he said.

"Their goal was created by Rooney and scored by Benson and they probably cost more than my whole squad.

"We have got a lot of injuries and had to ask players to play out of position and to come away with a 1-0 defeat after our captain was sent off is no disgrace."