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Tottenham Hotspur's Troy Parrott waits to be substituted on as manager Jose Mourinho looks on. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Tottenham Hotspur's Troy Parrott waits to be substituted on as manager Jose Mourinho looks on. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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Tottenham Hotspur's Troy Parrott waits to be substituted on as manager Jose Mourinho looks on. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Jose Mourinho has told Troy Parrott that he's still "not ready" for the demands of Premier League football on another frustrating day for the Dubliner.

Parrott did make an appearance for Spurs, but only as an injury-time sub, in their 3-2 defeat at home to Wolves, who twice came from behind to win.

Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier twice gave Spurs the lead, but Wolves hit back each time as Irish star Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota levelled before Raul Jimenez scored the winner.

It was a result that saw Wolves leapfrog Tottenham into sixth as Mourinho's side lost a third game in a row in all competitions.

Mourinho was asked to defend his stance on not using Parrott despite the team's poor run of form and their lack of cover up front but he has, again, put Parrott in his place.

The Parrott camp was unhappy after a UK-based website was briefed on the Dubliner last week by a Spurs insiders, and questioning the teenager's attitude after the Wolves loss, Mourinho also mentioned off-field issues.

"He's not ready. He's a good kid we want to help, not only on the pitch but off it," Mourinho said.

"He's a kid who's going to have real opportunity but when we decide it's right. He was on the bench because Lamela said he was not ready."  

The Spurs boss also admitted his side were second-best against Wolves. "They had the correct mentality and I think we were punished," Mourinho said.

"Not just today on the second and third goal, but for quite a long time because we don't have that aggression, that ruthlessness.

"I think we are too good, we are too nice and that was the only thing that made a difference in the game, because tactically I think the team was really good.

"I think Wolves was not expecting and they were in trouble for periods of the game. We didn't have one single problem apart from Wolves' individual qualities, so it's difficult to cope with some individual qualities that they have.

"So I think unfair result, totally unfair result, but for the neutral - great game."

The result moved Wolves to within just three points of Chelsea, who occupy fourth place, as Spurs remain five points adrift of the top four.