FA Cup: Rochdale Set Up Wembley Replay After Dramatic Draw With Tottenham


Rochdale had made a decision to dig up and re-lay the bumpy, nearly grassless pitch that was used in the previous round against Millwall _ and the reason became clear early on against Tottenham.

Their side, bottom of League One, do not have much in common with Italian giants Juventus, and even the nearby Pennines are modest undulations compared to the mighty Alps, but they will never forget the week they shared the same 2-2 scoreline against Tottenham.

Ian Henderson gave Rochdale the lead just before half time but Lucas Moura equalised for the visitors and Harry Kane's penalty looked likely to mean another fixture change for the Magpies, whose supporters have already seen the trip to Wembley moved for live television coverage.

However, Steve Davies popped up with an incredible last second equaliser to take the tie to an unwanted - for Tottenham at least - replay.

Pochettino threw on Alli and Kane in search of a victor and it looked as though a replay had been avoided as referee Bobby Madley adjudged the former to have been fouled and the latter netted his 34th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Deep into stoppage time, however, Steve Davies made it 2-2 to spark scenes of jubilation from the home crowd. "When they bring on the big guns and Harry Kane scores, I've got to follow suit haven't I?"

Hill believed his Rochdale side desreved another crack at Tottenham on February 28.

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"It was sacrificial behaviour at times, and going 1-0 up we nearly lit the bomb and knew what would come". Up against the odds with seconds to go and they managed to grab a memorable draw against a Premier League heavyweight.

Honestly I know every set of fans can be like it but when things don't go our way occasionally it's not always a lack of effort by players or a manager doing something wrong sometimes football works out like this!

He told the BBC: "We can't wait to go to Wembley".

Describing his performance on the BBC, former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy said: "He's electric isn't he?" "The FA Cup is magic".

'The motivation is always massive. Saturday's draw saw four of the top Premier League's top five kept apart in the quarter-finals, with Manchester United hosting Brighton - a repeat of the 1983 final won by United in a replay - and Chelsea away to Leicester.

On Monday morning, the Times are reporting that likes of Manchester United and City seem to be upset with Tottenham.

- Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last six FA Cup games for Tottenham.