Troy Parrott returned to the Ipswich Town starting eleven on Saturday afternoon for their League One game against Rochdale, at the Crown Oil Arena. Parrott completed 72 minutes of Ipswich’s 0-0 draw with Rochdale, and the Republic of Ireland international played just behind Ipswich striker Kayden Jackson, for Paul Cook’s side. Parrott’s first real involvement of the game arrived fairly early on in the match, after the Dubliner met Teddy Bishop’s cross from the right flank, inside the Rochdale penalty area. With Rochdale defenders close to Parrott, he knew that he would be unlikely to test the goalkeeper, so instead he nodded the ball back to Alan Judge on the edge of the box, but his goal attempt went well over the goal. Another ball into the Rochdale penalty area, this time by Gwion Edwards, ended up missing every Ipswich player and went behind for a Rochdale goal kick. However, Parrott was in a decent amount of space inside the penalty area and in a good area, and so he looked at Edwards and signalled to him that he had wanted the ball into his feet, after the Ipswich player had crossed the ball. Ipswich were seeing more of the ball during the opening stages of the first half, but neither side were able to create any chances of real note. As always Troy was showing a real desire to press the opposing teams players and also track back, but it would have been frustrating for him to have had very little of the ball in the final third. After doing well to win the ball some thirty yards out from goal Troy Parrott brought the ball forward a bit before passing the ball to Kayden Jackson, who tried to give it back to the advancing Spurs player. However, the pass from Jackson had a bit too much on it, and while the move showed good intent a Rochdale defender ended up intercepting the ball inside the Rochdale box, before Troy could get on the end of it.
In what was a very even game of very few chances during Troy Parrott’s time on the pitch, the game itself lacked that bit of magic from either side. During the second half (during Troy’s time on the pitch) the Ipswich forwards were probably less involved in the final third than in the first half. The one real attacking involvement for Parrott came not long before he was substituted in the 72nd minute of the match. After receiving Kayden Jackson’s pass near to the Rochdale penalty area, Parrott’s first touch saw the ball get away from him a bit, and while he didn’t give up and he did try to run in between two Rochdale defenders, Parrott couldn’t really get anything on the ball and in the end he went to ground, but a penalty was not awarded by the referee, despite Troy asking the question. This would have been a very frustrating game for Ipswich as they try and get into the play offs, but also for Parrott who didn’t really receive the ball in good areas of the pitch, and was therefore unable to impact the game in the way that he would have liked to.