SOUTHEND United head coach Kevin Maher heaped praise on goalkeeper Steve Arnold following Saturday's 2-1 win at Altrincham.

Arnold saved a second half spot-kick from Ryan Colclough during an impressive performance between the sticks.

And Maher was delighted by the custodian's display. 

"I thought he was brilliant," said Maher.

"Reece (Ottley) will watch the footage of the penalty takers and they work on it so it’s no accident he’s gone the right way to save it.

"When corners are coming in at the end there and he comes and gets it it’s massive for the team.

"He punched a few well too and I’m delighted for him.

"It was a massive, massive penalty save and his overall performance was excellent."