Case of ‘what if’ for Jalal

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - JOE BA­CON

MAC­CLES­FIELD goal­keeper Sh­wan Jalal be­lieves the Silk­men’s wins over Gateshead and Grimsby show they could have made the play-offs with a fully fit squad.

Jalal pro­duced a man-of-the-match per­for­mance against pro­mo­tion chas­ing Grimsby on Mon­day as the Silk­men re­sponded to Fri­day’s win at Gateshead with an­other vic­tory.

The Iraqi stop­per be­lieves in­juries pre­vented Macc pro­duc­ing sim­i­lar per­for­mances in their nine games with­out a Na­tional League win prior to Fri­day’s three points.

“We’ve been wait­ing for it to click be­fore the last two games,” he said af­ter Mon­day’s game.

“We’ve been un­lucky with a few re­sults but I’m de­lighted for the boys be­cause they’ve ran their socks off and worked so hard to get the two re­sults.

“Ob­vi­ously the play-offs are quite far away from us now but the lads are dis­ap­pointed be­cause we had some key in­juries in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

“It’s a case of ‘what if’?

“If those play­ers who got in­jured would have stayed fit, we would have been there or there­abouts.

“We’ve got an un­be­liev­able set of lads and the big­gest thing is keep­ing them to­gether so we can have a have a real go again next year.”

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