Minnows Rochdale Force Tottenham Into FA Cup Replay

FA Cup fifth round preview part two
Rochdale and Wigan looking to cause FA Cup fifth round shocks
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21 February, 2018

Spurs could have been forgiven for believing they had their last-eight spot sewn up but Davies' late equaliser ensured otherwise. Rochdale, the bottom club in League One, English football's third division, are a club with financial issues. "It was a test, but why not take..."

Tottenham's defence were guilty of ball watching and Davies thumped home - earning a well deserved replay and a windfall at Wembley.

It will be Tottenham's second successive replay after they had to settle for a draw in their fourth-round tie with League Two Newport County, who they defeated 2-0 at the second time of asking.

"It was sacrificial behaviour at times, and going 1-0 up we nearly lit the bomb and knew what would come".

The £23m recruit from Paris Saint-Germain opened his Tottenham account on Sunday, notching on his full debut in the 2-2 FA Cup fifth round draw with Rochdale.

But Rochdale, who had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through Ian Henderson, equalised when substitute Steve Davies scored from 12 yards in the third minute of stoppage time.

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"I have not seen it again but I'm led to believe he is looking for it [but] we get too involved in controversy", he said. "If players feel there is an opportunity to be gained then brilliant, I don't hold it against him", the Rochdale manager said.

If Spurs went on to win that fixture, then they would play at Wembley in one of the semi-finals, which are scheduled to take place on April 21 and April 22. "We have another opportunity to get to the quarter-final".

He told the BBC: "We can't wait to go to Wembley". His effort, his sixth FA Cup goal in this year's competition, gave Michel Vorm no chance. However, that would be taking away the credit that Rochdale deserve. "Tottenham dominated in the second half and brought the big boys on to change the game and we thought that was it but what credit to Rochdale".

The Premier League has gone but they remain alive if unconvincing in the FA Cup and can have high hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after drawing 2-2 with Juventus in Turin last Tuesday.

Describing his performance on the BBC, former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy said: "He's electric isn't he?" I want to say thanks to God because I'm very happy.


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