Kelantan forwards surprised by Selangor defence's porousness - Yusri

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Kelantan head coach Yusri Che Lah is a relieved man, following his side's surprise 2-1 win over Selangor in their Super League match.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Kelantan head coach Yusri Che Lah is a relieved man, following his side's surprise 2-1 win over Selangor in their Super League match on Wednesday.

In the match that was held in Kota Bharu, substitute Sean Selvaraj's 78th minute goal cancelled Shafiq Shaharudin's 35th minute opener, but the hosts claimed the three points four minutes from time through Danial Ashraf Abdullah's winner.

Goals from the Kelantan vs Selangor match

But the Red Warriors, currently in second last in the league standings, could have won by a bigger margin had their forwards been more clinical, especially new signing Cristiano Marcolino Santos, who missed at least two sitters in the match.

Speaking to the match broadcaster following the match, Yusri voiced his relief at the win; his charges' first win since June 5.

"I am proud of tonight's win and my men's effort. We desperately need the three points.

"They did not play as well as they could, but the win is enough for now, before we face Melaka United in our next league match," said the former Malaysia international.

So delighted was Yusri, that he refused to criticise the misfiring Santos when asked about the Brazilian's performance in the match.

"Santos is still searching for his first goal for Kelantan. He did get two, three chances to find the back of the net in the match, but was denied by the goalpost. However, our second goal was sufficient to let us win and continue our survival battle in the final four matches.

"The forwards I fielded tonight, they're the only ones on our roster. They were rather surprised that they were able to counter attack against Selangor that easily. My men could have won by more, but was denied by their relative inexperience," he explained.

The result was enough to allow Kelantan to move up one spot to 11th place, while Selangor dropped down to eighth.

 

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