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Troy Parrott Grabs Late Preston Winner, Gets Injured While Celebrating

Troy Parrott Grabs Late Preston Winner, Gets Injured While Celebrating
By PJ Browne
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Troy Parrott scored the winner for Preston in a 3-2 victory over Norwich on Saturday. It was the 20-year-old's first Championship goal of the season for the club. While celebrating the 80th minute goal, Parrott appeared to injure his hamstring.

Norwich had taken the lead after just two minutes through Josh Sargent, but two goals from Emil Riis - the first of which was set up by a superb right-footed cross from Robbie Brady - got Preston in front.

Norwich got an equaliser through Gabriel Sara in the 76th but just four minutes later a strike from Parrott found a way past Tim Krul at his near post.

"I don't know how he did it," Preston manager Ryan Lowe said when asked about Parrott's injury.

"Someone said it was the celebration, but overall I am pleased for Troy because he got his goal in the Championship - which he has deserved.

"The volley he had just before it, I thought 'yeah, that is was Troy does and how he scores his goals'. It's his hamstring - we're not sure just yet so we will have to get it assessed tomorrow morning and go from there."

Troy Parrott winner for Preston vs Norwich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOSCbrgJ7s

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Parrott had come on at half-time as a replacement for fellow Ireland international Seani Maguire.

"I asked him how he felt because he was stiff on Thursday and Friday," Lowe said about Maguire. "At half-time, I felt that if he went out - after sitting down for 15 minutes - I wouldn't be able to live with myself if he got hurt or pulled something."

The win, Preston's fourth of the season, puts them eighth in the Championship, two places outside the playoffs.

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"A fantastic performance overall," said Lowe.

"To come to Norwich, go toe-to-toe with them and take three points, is something the lads need to be proud of. And we are, because not many teams will do that.

"They were unbeaten in nine but we thought 'what have we have got to lose?' People probably didn't have us down to win anyway, so we went out there with full belief in the way we want to play to hopefully get some goals - which we certainly did.

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"We had a bug throughout camp all night. Pottsy got took off the bench because he spewed up on the pitch (during the warm-up), Ben Whiteman's stomach was turning, Ali McCann spewed up at half-time, Freddie Woodman had to get some vitamins into him.

"We had lads who played through the bug; for them to go out and perform how they did is really pleasing. You get those thoughts in the back of your head, that's what meant to be is to be. I could've easily made changes but they wanted to get through it and play."

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