What a finish! Thinking Tottenham Hotspur were safely through was a mistake! A late equaliser from Steve Davis earned his side a trip to the famous Wembley Stadium!

First half

There were chances aplenty as both Kieran Trippier, and Son Heung-Min had their opportunities spurned, whilst at the other end, Ian Henderson saw his efforts scuppered.

The best chance fell to Fernando Llorente who managed to miss his effort from close range. How did he miss that?!

At some point, you could feel there was going to be a goal coming, but with Henderson spurning yet another effort, the half was increasingly feeling as though it could end 0-0.

On the stroke of half-time, however, the visitors were punished by Rochdale, who took a shock lead through Henderson. The Dale deserved that as their perseverance paid off.

Who’d’ve thought the struggling side who take the lead at the break?!

Second half  

With just over half an hour to go, Lucas Moura scored to put his side level. An assist from Moussa Sissoko found the Brazilian who found the back of the net.

Late into the the game, Tottenham were awarded a penalty when Harrison McGahey was adjudged to have fouled Dele Alli in the area. Who else but Harry “hero” Kane would step up to the spot? He cooly sent his penalty to the left to give his side the lead which in theory should send his side to the next round, but Keith Hills side had other ideas…

Deep into stoppage time, Steve Davies equalised from close range to force a replay which sent the Spotland faithful into hysteria.

What a way to force a replay huh? Rochdale would love that, but Mauricio Pochettinos side wouldn’t as it means they have a second successive replay which is something they’d rather do without. (Rochdale also have a successive replay, but they wouldn’t mind)!

Thoughts on the game

I liked that The Dale had a “never say die” aurora about them. They took the game to the visitors, and came out with a good result. Their fans were in rapturous volume, as they made sure the environment was as hostile as possible. I like that about lower league clubs!

On Tottenham, I guess naming Harry Kane on the bench when goals are needed was a mistake. Maybe he’ll start in the replay. Who knows?

Next game

Its back to league action for both sides as the bottom-placed side attempt to make ground on their fight for survival in League One when they visit MK Dons on Wednesday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next Monday in a bid to secure a top-four spot.

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