FA Cup Recap: Rochdale earn late draw, force replay against Tottenham

Pochettino stresses importance of Rochdale FA Cup match
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19 February, 2018

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In defence, Toby Alderweirald could be given another start, as Pochettino continues his process of easing the centre-back into the team since his return from his injury.

The Dale had the better first half and Ian Henderson deservedly put them ahead just before the break.

However, in scenes that will long live in the memories of Rochdale fans Steve Davies bagged a famous last-gasp equaliser to send his troops to Wembley.

Henderson buried home an Andy Cannon, who was left in acres of space on the right hand side.

Lucas Moura, however, drew Spurs level, exchanging passes with Moussa Sissoko and beating Rochdale keeper John Lillis just shy of the hour-mark. Why not take not take them on and try to win the game?

When Lucas Moura's leveller was followed by an 88th-minute Harry Kane penalty, the north Londoners appeared to have avoided a replay.

Alli was brought down in the box and Kane stepped up to rifle Tottenham in front from the penalty spot.

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Tottenham Hotspur didn't win at Rochdale, but they did have one pretty awesome moment of celebration.

"The pitch was good, very good", he said.

GK Michel Vorm, 6 - Beaten twice but can not really be blamed for either goal, and he stuck to Pochettino's principles in passing the ball out, even when things were not going to plan in front of him. Somebody showed the (Spurs) manager a picture of the pitch.

Moura's pace made him an obvious danger to Rochdale from the start while Son Heung-Min created several early openings but struggled to find his feet.

But Pochettino insisted Spurs will not take the lowly opposition lightly.

One big positive was that I rewlly enjoyed Lucas.

But there was still time for one more twist which means Spurs are facing a Wembley replay for the second round in a row, having needed two games to end fourth-tier strugglers Newport County's FA Cup run.

TV host and former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker said on Twitter that pundits Alan Shearer and Jermaine Jenas had told him they thought Alli had been fouled by Harrison McGahey.


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