Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho insisted Ireland striker Troy Parrott should not be blamed for his side's FA Cup exit at the hands of Norwich, after the teenager missed a crucial penalty in the shoot-out that decided the fifth round tie.
The 18-year-old Dubliner was introduced as an extra-time sub by Jose Mourinho and was quick to volunteer to take a penalty, but his shot was saved by Norwich keeper Tim Krul.
Parrott's Ireland under-21 team-mate Adam Idah had no such misfortune as his sweetly-struck spot-kick helped Norwich to a famous victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The game had finished 1-1, with extra-time unable to separate the sides, with Spurs boss Mourinho quick to defend Parrott after the game as he suggested his extra-time cameo provided proof that he is not ready for senior first team action.
"The penalty is nothing," stated Mourinho. "He is a penalty taker in the under-23s, he scores every one in the unders. 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."
Mourinho went on to suggest fatigue is the biggest factor in a run that has now seen his side lose their last four matches in all competition.
"I think we don't deserve the result but that's football," he added. "As you can expect it was a difficult game, as I could expect some of my players were really really in trouble and they made an incredible effort to try.
"I am not going to say what everybody knows so this time I am not going to say that but I have to say Steven Bergwijn, it's too much for him to play so many minutes like he is doing. I prefer to call Lucas [Moura] a hero, he is playing every minute of every game in every position to help the team but he told me he had to go out of he's going to get injured.
"Harry Winks was completely dead. I think he's started 11-12 games in a row, we had many many players in trouble.
"The solutions were solutions but we weren't improving the team. We were the only team that could win in 90 minutes, we were the only team trying in the last 10 minutes. The same in extra time. Penalties are penalties, we missed them so congratulations to Norwich that's the only thing I can say.
"I don't have one single negative feeling towards my players, the opposite, they tried fantastic things. I am really, really sad for the boys, I can cope with the bad result and with negative moments, I've had so many, but I am really sad for the players."
For Norwich, it is a first FA Cup quarter-final since 1992 and they will now face Derby or Manchester United in a welcome distraction from their relegation fight.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Ricardo Pereira's late header secured a 1-0 win against Birmingham as Leicester reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in three years.