Kelantan suffered their third defeat in a row and are now staring at a real possibility of slipping down to the Premier League for the first time since 2007. The defeat to PKNS leaves them trailing in the bottom spot, six points away from safety with six matches remaining to be played.
After a month of not being able to play their home game at Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium due to the Ramadhan month, Kelantan found little joy in their return to familiar surroundings, despite the attendance at the stadium being the highest recorded out of the four Super League fixtures played on Tuesday.
A double from Bruno Mastos condemned Kelantan to their 11th defeat of the 2018 season and left temporary head coach Yusri Che Lah full of disappointments in a match where the team acquitted themselves pretty well in large parts of the match.
"Even though we managed to control most of the match, I cannot run away from the responsibility and the fact that we failed in the match. What was obvious was that our attack was weak despite doing well in midfield and in defence. Our final touches is a big weakness and we have to admit that."
"What is important now is that the players keep their focus for the remaining games and forget about the past. We need to work much harder in the coming six matches," said Yusri Che Lah after the match.
Shafiq Shahrudin, Cristiano Santos, Imram Samso were the options selected in attack but with only two goals scored by the team in their last five matches played, it speaks volumes of the difficulties that Kelantan are facing in trying to climb up from the foot of the table.