League One Side Earn FA Cup Replay Against Spurs
FA Cup Report: Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur 18 February 2018
Result: Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Date: 18 February 2018
Venue: Crown Oil Arena
Rochdale managed to secure an FA Cup fifth round replay after forcing a 2-2 draw with the high-flying Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs looked for an early opener after Lucas Moura tried to play in Fernando Llorente, but the defence marshalled by Harrison McGahey cancelled the purported attempt.
Belgian Toby Alderweireld headed directly at Josh Lillis from a free kick on the right side. In the meantime, the hosts won possession in the middle by Andy Cannon who set up Ian Henderson, only to shoot straight at Michel Vorm.
Former Juventus and Swansea striker Llorente missed a golden opportunity to put the visitors in front after being set-up by Moussa Sissoko.
He dilly-dallied twice before eventually firing wide with an inviting goal at his mercy on the 25th minute mark.
Despite seeing more of the possession, the Londoners struggled to break down the lowly-rated side, and Moura became the latest to misfire when he blasted over the top from the left side.
Henderson slashed another inviting opportunity which went wide of Vorm’s goal after a delicate through ball by Callum Camps on the half and hour mark.
The struggling League 1 side sent their home fans into raptures after good pressing set up Cannon who played in Henderson to tuck away neatly on the stroke of half time.
The Lily Whites wasted no time after the restart to try and get back in the game, and Harry Winks who was partly responsible for them conceding, took a hopeful shot from range which Lillis saved easily.
Brazilians Moura levelled the playing field after a patient build-up with Sissoko who set him through to the goal for his first since arriving from Paris Saint Germain last month.
Mauricio Pochettino made the first change of the day, taking out a lukewarm Winks for playmaker Erik Lamela in the 62nd minute.
Rochdale kept probing to regain the lead, but their confidence were dented after conceding the equalizer as they struggled to create any openings.
Spurs, on the other end, looked to go in front and Victor Wanyama missed a glaring opportunity metres from goal following a corner kick after 72 minutes.
As time went by, Spurs looked to seal up the match and substitutes Delle Alli and Lamela combined only to see the latter’s effort cleared off the line by Matt Done.
With a replay looming, Spurs got an opportunity to go in front after Alli was upended. Harry Kane, who came off the bench made no mistake as he blasted past Lillis three minutes from time.
Keith Hill’s side made sure of a replay in added time when Steve Davies, who came on at the midway point lashed home from inside the box.