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Clark: Mokoena own-goal was just a fluke

Black Leopards head coach Alan Clark says Thabiso Mokoena's own-goal against Orlando Pirates was a fluke and that he shouldn't be blamed for the defeat.

Lidoda Duvha looked set for a respectable goalless draw with an in-form Pirates team at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday, but Mokoena turned Vincent Pule's cross into the back of his own net to give the Soweto outfit all three points in stoppage time.

Mokoena told Sowetan: "Scoring [an] own goal is part of football, I know that."

Clark voiced his support for Mokoena in the wake of the disappointing result, stating that it would be harsh to blame him for the defeat.

"I think he could have done differently in that situation to prevent that," Clark said, as quoted by Sowetan Live.

"But it is not even an issue for us. I think it is very hard for people to blame him for something like that. It's quite disturbing to hear the opposition also carrying on how they won the game. That's a fluke goal.

"It is like maybe they planned it at training. Maybe the analyst can put it on Twitter how many times they scored those kinds of goals at training. The way the technical team's talking is like it happens every week for them. They had no other chances but celebrated like they planned to win that way, it's crazy."