Clark: Leopards deserved something


Black Leopards head coach Alan Clark feels his side were unfortunate to leave Thohoyandou Stadium empty-handed against Orlando Pirates.

Leopards created a host of chances but Wayne Sandilands kept Pirates in the game with a series of crucial saves before Thabiso Mokoena headed into this own net to hand the visitors three points.

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"Tough 90 minutes like we knew it would be but I think the boys gave a great account of themselves and I think we were very unfortunate not to walk away with any point," Clark told SuperSport TV.

"I thought we probably had better chances in the game, you see the goalkeeper [Wayne Sandilands] gets Man of the Match [award], he makes two outstanding saves from Edwin Gyimah and another one from Robert Ng'ambi and he keeps them in the game.

"I think they are a great attacking side Orlando Pirates, but they didn't really cause us too many problems, a lot of possession but I thought we were well organised, defensively," he continued.

"Once they had the ball, they never really hurt us honestly, until a very unfortunate own goal from one of our players, it lands the ball in the back of the net. Until then I thought we were deserving at least a point today. Credit must to to the boys for the effort that they put in, they deserved something out of this game to be fair."

Clark lamented making forced changes after Pentjie Zulu went down injured just after the break and he was replaced by Ng'ambi while Khuliso Mudau also broke down and he was replaced by Mokoena 11 minutes before time.

"Unfortunately, that affects us a little in the game because we wanted to make substitutions to affect the game and unfortunately we're making substitutions to cover injured players. It limits us tactically on what we could do in the game but the guys who came on gave a good account of themselves," he added.