Millwall boss delivers verdict on Troy Parrott’s first Championship start

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Millwall boss Gary Rowett has praised Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott over his performance on his first Championship start for the club last night after the Lions were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Reading.

Parrott’s loan spell at the New Den has not gone according to plan so far but the striker finally seems to have put his injury problems behind him.

After winning his second senior cap for the Republic of Ireland during the international break, Parrott made his league debut for Millwall in the 1-1 home draw against Cardiff City last Saturday, replacing Matt Smith in the 76th minute

Rowett decided to hand the teenager his first league start of the season yesterday evening and the striker played more than an hour before being replaced by Jon Daoi Boovarsson.

Despite the Tottenham man failing to get on the scoresheet, Rowett admitted that he was impressed with the striker’s link-up play.

The Millwall boss told London News Online: “He (Parrott) was bright. For an 18-year-old player to make his league debut, I thought he was excellent.

“He showed what great vision he’s got, his link play was good. I’d have liked him to maybe get a little bit higher at times.

“Reading dropped really deep in the first half and there wasn’t much space, so maybe an older player with a little bit more physical presence stays higher and tries to fight in the box for those moments when it’s wide.

“That’s something that he’ll get with more games and exposure in the Championship. We need to keep him fit, because we think he’s an excellent player.”

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