Jalal announces his arrival in style
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.”