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  • April 18, 2014
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Kelantan - Sarawak Preview: Red Warriors seek to bounce back on home turf

Kelantan - Sarawak Preview: Red Warriors seek to bounce back on home turf

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The Red Warriors will be looking to bounce back and secure a win in front of their home fans, after being thumped 4-0 by Sime Darby last time out


GOALBY    KEESHAANAN SUNDARESAN


  PROBABLE LINEUPS
KELANTAN

Khairul Fahmi
Farisham - Nwaneri - Nik Shahrul
Fakri - Nazri - Piya (c) - Shawky - Wan
Forkey - Ghaddar
SARAWAK
 
Sani

Saperi - Gyepes – Rony (c) - Ramesh
Chanturu - Dzulazlan - Eldstal - Lot
Griffiths - El Mohamad

You just knew for a fact that when Steve Darby was sacked earlier this week, things looked extremely messy. Tan Sri Annuar Musa publicly criticised Steve's team selection, claiming that it was not ambitious enough. And when Sime Darby totally outclassed them on the pitch, it ended up being the final straw.

But Kelantan have got to pick things up and move on now. While Darby may have been sacked under negative circumstances, nobody can deny that he did put some solid foundation work into the team. Several new signings have arrived and a few President Cup players have been promoted to the first team. And more importantly, all is not lost yet.

As of now, they are only five points behind Pahang and considering the tendency of the league standings to be volatile, Kelantan can still pull this off. But they need to regroup and they need to do it fast. This particular game presents an excellent chance as well, especially since it will be played in Kota Bharu in itself.

As for Sarawak, there is also a great incentive for them to push and continue their decent form. The Crocs have predictably been solid this season, though they have ben guilty of dropping the ball on certain occassions. They are just one point behind Kelantan now and a win would put them ahead of the Red Warriors.

The arrival of Ryan Griffiths has certainly provided a timely boost as the season prepares to step into a key period where every point will begin to matter. Robert Alberts is still harbouring hopes of seeing his men finish in the top 3 positions and its definitely not beyond their reach as of now. However, consistency is something that they really need to find soon.

Playing in Kota Bharu is never an easy task for any away team, but Sarawak did pull off a stunning away victory against Terengganu recently. They need to replicate that, but they also need to be mind of the fact that Kelantan is a wounded lion seeking to bounce back into new pastures.

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