Troy Parrott scores winning goal in the Rotterdam derby a month after joining Excelsior on loan from Tottenham

Troy Parrott has experienced a superb start to life with Excelsior. The 21-year-old striker scored his second Eredivisie goal on Sunday following his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. It’s the importance of this particular goal that stands out. Parrott scored a 93rd-minute winner for Excelsior in the Rotterdam derby, as they claimed all three points against an inform Sparta Rotterdam side.

Excelsior started the day off with nine points after six Eredivisie matches. Three draws, two wins and one defeat certainly doesn’t look bad for a side that narrowly avoided relegation last season. After a fairly quiet first half, Sparta Rotterdam opened the scoring through Jonathan de Guzman. The visitors’ lead lasted less than 15 minutes as Excelsior left-back Arthur Zagre hammered home a brilliant strike into the roof of the net.

In the 82nd minute, it was Troy Parrott’s time. The Ireland international was subbed on to make a difference and he certainly did. An excellent Excelsior counter-attack found the feet of Troy Parrott in the final few seconds. The former Millwall and Preston striker made no mistake from five yards out. 

Last week, Parrott scored an 88th-minute goal in his side’s 3-0 away win over Heerenveen. Now, he’s netted again to take his side up to fifth place in the Eredivisie table. A truly remarkable start to the season for Excelsior, who sit one place below their neighbours Feyenoord in the table. They face Vitesse next Saturday, and Troy Parrott will be hoping that he can create a scoring streak.

GBeNeFN Hugo Hargreaves

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