Jalal an­nounces his ar­rival in style

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town goal­keeper Sh­wan Jalal ad­mits sav­ing a penalty on his home de­but was a proud feel­ing.

The 32-year-old de­nied Gary Jones in the first-half to help his team keep a clean sheet against South­port.

He made sev­eral other smart saves to earn the man of the match award, and he is al­ready look­ing at how he can get even bet­ter.

“I’m de­lighted with my per­for­mance in the South­port game but there are still as­pects I need to work on,” he said.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed in a way be­cause I would swap a penalty save and a man of the match for a win so it’s a shame, but it’s great that I can help the team out.

“The first thing I did in the match was kick the ball and fall on my bum so it was nice to re­deem my­self.

“With the red card it meant that a draw was prob­a­bly a fair re­sult but I’m happy to make a penalty save.”

South­port were awarded their penalty af­ter a foul by de­fender Neil Byrne, and he was glad Jalal man­aged to bail him out.

“I thought we started off well enough in the match but then we started to get a lit­tle bit sloppy, and it was a great save from Jalal to keep out the penalty,” he said.

“Even when we went down to 10 men they sat back and we were the ones re­ally go­ing for it, so from our per­spec­tive a point isn’t too bad.”

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