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'We all miss penalties' – Mourinho refuses to blame Irish youngster Parrott for FA Cup penalty shoot out miss

Jose Mourinho has placed no blame on Irish youngster Troy Parrott following the teenager’s penalty miss in Tottenham’s FA Cup fifth round shoot-out defeat to Norwich.

Spurs crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night, with 18-year-old Parrott seeing his effort saved by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Jan Vertonghen had earlier given the hosts a first-half lead after heading home Giovani Lo Celso’s free-kick, though Josip Drmic would force extra-time after reacting first to Michel Vorm’s spill of Kenny McLean’s powerful drive.

Neither side could find a winner during the added period, setting the stage for Krul to make himself a hero as he saved two penalties to seal Norwich’s progress.

Erik Lamela and Gedson Fernandes also missed from the spot for Mourinho’s side as the Canaries progressed to the quarter-finals, and while the Portuguese refused to blame the inexperienced Parrott for his miss from the spot, he did suggest that his performance following his 96th minute introduction proved that he is not yet ready.

“The penalty is nothing. He is a penalty taker in the under-23s, he scores every one in the unders,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “He was so confident, he wanted to take one, he wanted to take the responsibility, it’s an experience in his career.

“The problem is not his experience. The problem is the 30 minutes. Now people can see that he has to work a lot so don’t think that Parrott is the second Harry Kane because he’s just a young kid that needs to work.

“Let’s forget the penalty because we all miss the penalties, it was not Troy.”

Winners Norwich will play either Derby County or Manchester United in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, the pair due to play for their place in the last eight on Thursday night at Pride Park.

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