Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Rochdale earn last-gasp draw with Tottenham

Rochdale earn last-gasp draw with Tottenham

Moments after Harry Kane fired home Spurs' go-ahead goal from the penalty spot at Spotland Stadium in the second half, Danny Rose dedicated it to recently-retired Tottenham academy graduate Ryan Mason by kissing the camera.

Rochdale, bottom of League One, can now look forward to a money-spinning replay at Tottenham's temporary Wembley home.

"We can't wait to go to Wembley".

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale after he said their pitch "posed a "massive risk" to his players as it was "not in a condition to play football".

Spurs endured a brief scare in the previous round when they were taken to a replay by Newport County of League Two, but breezed through 2-0 in the return leg.

Eric Lamela came on for Harry Winks while Dele Alli and Harry Kane replaced Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente.


Alderweireld was a touch fortunate to get away with a handball after slipping in the area and Henderson had a great chance but saw his shot saved by Michel Vorm.

It wasn't a fluke scoreline either - Rochdale played brilliantly in the first 45 and deserved their lead, even though Tottenham had their chances to score.

On the upcoming trip to Wembley, Davies added: "It's every kid's dream and we're going to be lucky enough to go there and hopefully put a good performance in and do ourselves proud". It's not easy to play this type of game.

'If you want to win the title and be one of the best teams in Europe, the game against Rochdale is as important as the games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus.

The Dale have never reached an FA Cup quarter final, and should they progress past an in-form Spurs, they will face off against either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea.

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