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09th Mar 2022

Troy Parrott celebrates like he means it after brilliant brace for MK Dons

Luke Jennings

Troy Parrott MK Dons

‘The goals will come with the quality he has.’

Troy Parrott scored twice as MK Dons beat Cheltenham Town 3-1 at Stadium MK on Tuesday night.

The Republic of Ireland striker netted his first league goals since September as the Dons went level on points with second-placed Wigan in League One.

Troy Parrott MK Dons

Troy Parrott scores twice for MK Dons,

Parrott headed home from a Matt Smith cross to open the scoring for the Dons in the 26th minute.

Kaine Kesler-Hayden’s trickery opened up space for Smith to whip in a cross for Parrott. The 20-year-old guided his header into the top corner before the home support let out an echoing roar. The fans knew the significance of the goal as Parrott ended his goal-scoring drought.

MK Dons added a third goal in the 85th minute when Theo Corbeanu found Parrott in space. The Irish international hit the net with a tidy finish to secure the victory for the League One promotion chasers.

MK Dons manager Liam Manning on Parrott’s brace.

MK Dons boss Liam Manning was delighted to see the Dubliner score his first goals in five months and noted that the player had been working hard for the team despite his frustrations in front of the goal.

Manning highlighted consistency as being key to Parrott’s performances and said that ‘the goals will come’ if the Irish striker continues to work hard.

“It was thoroughly deserved. He has worked so hard for the team recently. It’s great to see him get the goals tonight,” Manning said after full time.

Troy Parrott MK Dons

“We’ve been consistent with him, telling him to keep doing what he’s doing. He wants to contribute and score goals, but it’s so much more than that.

“The front players set the tone defensively for us, and the quality he has and the way he works, the goals will come.”

The Tottenham Hotspur loanee has scored five goals in 31 appearances this season.

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