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The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.
Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Steve Davies scores injury-time equaliser to book Wembley replay
The enduring, indestructible appeal of the world’s oldest cup competition was encapsulated by this wonderful FA Cup tie. Rochdale took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur, they played magnificently and they finally went behind to a Dele Alli-earned penalty, converted by Harry Kane, as Mauricio Pochettino had to call on his big guns. But Rochdale would not give it up. They simply would not give up. With 43 seconds to go, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area for one last time, skimming off the head of Toby Alderweireld, commonly regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League, but made to look uncomfortable on this raucous occasion, and fell at the feet of substitute Steve Davies. The journeyman 30-year-old striker, who has been plagued by injury, took a deft touch and finished with a Kane-like precision to beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm, to earn Rochdale a richly deserved – and enriching – replay and to give the FA Cup a superb story. It was the very least the lowest-ranked team left in the competition deserved, although quite how Rochdale are bottom of League One, given the quality and intensity of their performance, is a mystery. Their proud manager Keith Hill, a seasoned, admirable campaigner, had promised they would play football on their newly-laid £500,000 pitch and they did just that. Kane thought his team had the job done with a penalty goal Credit: AFP This was probably the biggest game in Rochdale’s 111-year history, certainly the biggest cup tie, and they did themselves, their supporters and the town proud. So much debate centres on the value and importance of the FA Cup and where it now stands in the football landscape, but it survives. And, with ties like this, it thrives. They will talk about this day for years to come. It was a heart-warming occasion. An occasion when there was a buzz, when the fans arrived early to gain a glimpse of Kane and Co – and when they did there were a few jokey, pantomime boos quickly followed by requests for selfies and autographs that were patiently met. For Kane this was a special game and it seemed his goal would grab the headlines. Special? It was against Rochdale, and on this ground, that Kane made his professional debut back in January 2011 as a 73rd-minute substitute in a mid-table League One fixture, while on loan at Leyton Orient. Here, he came on to replace the ineffective Fernando Llorente and when Alli went over under Harrison McGahey’s challenge, appearing to exaggerate his fall, Kane stroked the spot kick past goalkeeper Josh Lillis. To complete the circle, Lillis was also in goal the day Kane made his debut. But it was not enough for Spurs. Ian Henderson scored a neat finish for Rochdale's first Credit: GETTY IMAGES Out on the pitch Rochdale show ed no deference. They believed and they believed right from the start. It mattered not a jot that their opponents made 11 changes from the team who had earned such an impressive draw away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.Before that it was the north London derby at Wembley for Spurs and from there, via Turin, to this tight, modest ground was some gear change. But it was still a game of football, 11 v 11, and football is what Rochdale played as they took the tie to Spurs and out-Spursed them at times in their intense pressing game. That was evidenced in the opening goal, just before half-time. Rochdale worked remarkably hard, but also remarkably intelligently and it was Harry Winks who lost the ball carelessly just over half-way with the midfielder tackled by Mark Kitching. He found Stephen Humphreys who quickly switched the play and sent Andrew Cannon down the other flank. Cannon’s low ball in was perfectly weighted and Ian Henderson, unmarked, arrived to side-foot gloriously past Vorm. Winks forlornly appealed for offside, but Henderson, another older striker – 33 – who has been around the leagues and is Rochdale’s captain and talisman, had his moment. The celebrations were wild, exuberant and justified. In fact Henderson had snatched at two earlier chances, screwing the ball across goal from a smart pass by the impressive 22-year-old midfielder Callum Camps and then shooting at Vorm when Rochdale – again – quickly turned possession over.Henderson had players either side of him, but went for goal. Dele Alli tumbles in the box to win a penalty Credit: AP Spurs struggled. They were out of their comfort zone. They carved out one clear first-half opportunity when Heung-Min Son was sent clear by Llorente only for his shot to be saved. Llorente, eventually, sent the follow-up wide when he should have scored but apart from that and some bright moments from Lucas Moura, on his full debut, that was it. Lucas then had more of an impact. The Brazilian winger equalised. Pochettino sent his team out early for the second-half and finally they responded with Moussa Sissoko threading the ball through to Lucas who once more used his speed to run through, take one touch and slam his shot high beyond Lillis and into the net. Lucas had instigated the move. In fairness Spurs had not panicked, but there will have been a quickening of the pulse as Rochdale immediately attempted to hit back and Henderson went down in the area. The penalty appeals were ignored, but the home side continued to believe although Victor Wanyama should have put Spurs in front when he met a flick on from a corner, but volleyed over. Pochettino made changes. The Spurs manager did not want a replay and it appeared the pressure had told when Alli earned his penalty. It was late, very late, but despite their prodigious efforts, Rochdale were not finished. Not yet. It was Matty Done who crossed from the left to spark more delirious scenes. The fans stayed on late after the final whistle. They are off to Wembley, they are still contesting a place in the quarter-finals, as their FA Cup adventure continues. 5:56PM Rochdale players Ian Henderson "It's unbelievable, we went 1-0 up and played some unbelievable football. To get a draw against a Premier League club... you can see what it means! We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. "No I didn't actually! I knew there'd always been a chance. Steveo (Davies) is an unbelievable finisher. "I've always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I get to. Well, if I stay fit and I get picked!" Steve Davies "I've been out injured for seven weeks and found it difficult to get back into the team but I've taken my chance. I think you look around, it was written wasn't it? We did enough to win it, we were hanging in there, but we've got great team spirit and never give up." 5:54PM Kane's penalty Credit: REUTERS 5:52PM FULL TIME What a match! Absolutely brilliant. Spurs punished for fielding the second string but Rochdale deserve a replay at least, they have been superb throughout. What a finish! 5:52PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! rochdale goal THEY'VE DONE IT! WOW! What an end to this game! It's one of those goals you only get by a lower league club against a big one, the ball bouncing around and somehow ending up at the feet of Davies. What a finish though! Low into the bottom corner. 5:48PM 90 mins +1 Rochdale are putting the ball long towards the forwards now, Spurs able to pick it off and counter quickly. I can't see Rochdale getting back into this now but they've played so well. 5:46PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Kane goal Kane scores! And what a penalty. He hits it with power and perfect placement into the bottom left corner. Very Shearer-like. 5:45PM PENALTY! Ohhhhhhhh no! It's happened! Spurs attack, Lamela finds Rose going through the middle and Alli picks it off him, goes into the box and is taken down by the defender. It's a clear penalty. Here comes Kane. 5:43PM 87 mins Lamela takes the free-kick left footed, it's headed away and Wanyama tries to shoot but his effort is deflected into the hands of the goalkeeper. He then looks for a quick long ball towards the striker! Why isn't he keeping the ball and calming it down? Rose is fouled again and reacts angrily to it. 5:42PM 85 mins Rochdale are probably rightly in all out defensive mode now. Spurs asking all the questions, looking for space and contesting a series of high balls. Sob can't get past his man on the right, Alli has to turn back on the left, Rose is completely binned by Rathbone on the edge of the area. A yellow card seems fair for that! 5:40PM 83 mins Alli hooks the ball forward, Son dribbles towards the box, Alli overlaps and backheels the ball across the box.. it's a tap in! But McNulty (not from The Wire) throws himself at the ball and it bounces over to the back post, where a defender heads away. Corner. 5:39PM 81 mins Rafferty off, Rathbone on. 5:37PM 80 mins Spurs are dominating the ball and have everyone in the Rochdale half. That's more because the home side are clearly tiring and the introduction of Lamela, Kane and Alli has upped the quality somewhat. Credit: REUTERS A corner is aimed towards Foyth ad the back post and he finds space to head at goal... a superb save by Lillis turns it over the bar but the referee has already blown for a goal kick. 5:34PM 77 mins Enter Harry Kane. Pochettino wants this game done. Foyth goes on a lovely little dribble... and Llorente is the man to come off. He's offered mostly nothing today and I'd be really surprised if he plays much more for Spurs. 5:32PM 76 mins Rafferty is booked for taking Rose out of the game with a late tackle. Rochdale are getting tired and could do with some substitute legs... Trippier comes across to take the free-kick wide left of the penalty area. It's fired towards the goalkeeper, who punches it clear. Dele Alli is played in on the left of the box, he faces up to his man, draws the tackle and then nutmegs McGahey! Can he score?! His low shot from a tight angle is wide. 5:29PM 73 mins Spurs are working the ball around the pitch, forcing Rochdale to chase it everywhere. Dele Alli comes on for Lucas Moura, who has been the best player on the pitch. A corner is hooked into the Rochdale box and WANYAMA HAS A TAP IN AT THE SIX YARD BOX! The ball is high and Wanyama has to jump to attack it with the side of his foot but he puts the shot over the bar! Will he live to regret that miss? 5:26PM 70 mins Credit: AFP Cannon tries to catch out Vorm at the near post with a knuckle ball style effort but punts it too low and wide. A bit of a mis-hit. 5:24PM 68 mins Rochdale are getting a little ragged... they're understandably starting to tire and mistakes are creeping into some of their play. Not Henderson though! He sprints to win a 50/50 and is fouled by Trippier! This is a great chance to shoot for a set piece specialist. 5:22PM 65 mins Rose has started turning inside the pitch with his first touch, moving the ball around his man. He's fouled and Alderweireld tries to lift the ball over a defender and shoot... but gives it away and Rochdale can counter-attack! They race forwards at speed.. and Alderweireld brings the man on the ball down. A definite yellow card. 5:19PM 62 mins Lamela comes on for Winks. The Spurs crowd are making all the noise now. 5:19PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! moura goal Moura starts the move and finishes it. Some quick passes, clever movement and Sissoko finds Moura running in behind the defence to finish left footed past the goalkeeper. Spurs back in it! 5:16PM 59 mins Rose stands over a free-kick about 40 yards out on the right and gets it completely wrong. It's a dreadful effort and barely even reaches the box. Danny Murphy says it's because he took too small a run up. Spurs pass the ball around and MOURA IS PLAYED IN ON GOAL! 5:14PM 58 mins Cannon shows great skill to roll the ball and keep it away from the tackling of Wanyama but Spurs win a throw anyway. Moura works hard to pass that throw and move inside the pitch to let Rose step up into wide areas. Rochdale are genuinely really good with the ball and they keep it on the deck, only chipping forward when a forward moves into space. 5:12PM 55 mins Credit: PA Moura wants to dribble past two players and Camps tries to wipe him out with a booted clearance. He might have injured himself with that one. Winks strides forward and shoots from 20 yards, saved. Moura nearly gets in on goal down the left. Spurs creeping into the game. 5:09PM 53 mins Trippier tries to fire a pass across the pitch towards Llorente but takes a while to steady his feet, as though this pitch is difficult to avoid slipping on, and his effort bobbles over to Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Llorente gets the ball to feet in the box, turns... and gives it away. He's been poor. 5:07PM 51 mins Rose is caught while making a pass, the referee plays on. Spurs still not on their game here, Rochdale keeping possession really well and taking their time with picking passes. 5:05PM 48 mins Spurs might actually now be a 4-4-2, with Son upfront alongside Llorente and Moura over on the left. Rochdale have started as they ended the first, pressing high, getting stuck in and putting defenders under pressure. Foyth is too easily nudged off the ball and Rafferty has a corner to take. Kitching attacks at the near post! But it's headed away and then Done overhits a chipped pass to the back post. 5:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Spurs start the second half - will they find a way back into this one? No changes from either manager. 5:00PM Henderson's finish for the goal Credit: REUTERS 4:58PM What'll happen next? Rochdale have been excellent. Early on there were some questionably aggressive challenges but that's worked and Spurs don't seem quite up for this one, everyone except Son and Lucas Moura guilty of taking too long on the ball and some poor touches. And actually, Son's ball control has let him down on several occasions. Pochettino doesn't seem to have learned anything from the Newport game and may have made too many changes. We'll see if that's the case in the second half - if they come out pumped, there's every chance they get one or two goals out of Rochdale, who might wobble if put under pressure. Rochdale can't go into defensive mode too early here - it's the high press and high energy game that's forced Spurs into that error for the goal. Plus, Rochdale can play! 4:49PM HALF TIME Spurs aren't at it! Rochdale have a (not really) shock lead and fully deserve it. 4:47PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLL! Rochdale goal What a goal! Spurs are caught out! Winks takes too long on the ball, is easily tackled and Rochdale have men over. Great movement splits the centre-backs, Wanyama isn't fast enough to get back, Rose is nowhere to be seen and Henderson holds his run to get on the end of a low pass into the area, finishing past Vorm into the bottom corner. Superb from Rochdale! 4:41PM 42 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Rochdale have played some really nice football here. They like passing out from the back and keeping things tidy in midfield. Son plays a one-two with Llorente on the edge of the area but is crowded out and the keeper smothers the loose ball. 4:38PM 39 mins Sissoko is getting a little shirty with some of the Rochdale players he wants to tackle and seems agitated. Llorente is fouled shortly after. 4:36PM 37 mins Lucas Moura knows he can go past anyone he wants and this time chooses to go around the outside of Delaney and into the six yard box. His attempted low pass is cleared behind for a corner, which Trippier comes across to take. from the right. It's headed away and then Rose fouls Cannon in the D. 4:34PM 34 mins Delaney has time on the ball, looks up and then hits a hopeless chipped pass into the left wing. Nobody is there. HENDERSON IS IN BEHIND THE DEFENCE! HE MUST SCORE! Oooooh lordy he's sliced the volley after a beautiful lifted pass puts him one on one with the goalkeeper, and from a narrow angle he's put the shot out for a throw-in. Huge chance. Winks is dictating play for Spurs from the middle and very nearly finds Llorente with a forward pass. He lays it off to Son but the defence closes the move down and clear their lines. 4:30PM 31 mins What. A. Pass. Son looks up and hits a 35 yard diagonal ball over towards Trippier's run, he meets it in the box and fires a low cross into the area. Nobody is there, Moura takes it on, tries to turn and then blasts over from 12 yards. Spurs starting to find space to shoot now. 4:28PM 29 mins Wanyama jumps to head the ball to Vorm but ends up giving away a corner. He's not quite on it today. Sissoko heads away at the six yard box, Winks shields the ball out for a goal kick. 4:26PM 26 mins Rochdale swing the ball in from wide right - Rafferty can cross a ball! - and the Spurs defence have to be strong and alert to deal with it. SON'S AWAY! Spurs are in here! Son sprints down the left channel, shoots on his left and the goalie saves. He passes the rebound inside to Llorente, who goes back and forth before shooting from 12 yards, with the goalkeeper closing him down. Wide. That should be 1-0. 4:23PM 23 mins Credit: AFP A long ball forward and Llorente heads the ball onto Son. He cuts onto his left foot and the defender loses his footing. Son shoots to the far corner... and it's blocked by some smart defending! The corner comes to nothing. This is a decent game! 4:21PM 21 mins Rochdale are having a little bit of a rest from the constant high press but it doesn't matter because Wanyama has passed the ball straight back to them. The goalkeeper goes long and Humphrys wins the header. 4:18PM 18 mins Rochdale are throwing bodies into waves of attack, Alderweireld slips again and has the ball trapped underneath his chest and between his arms. They want a penalty but are never getting it. Oooooohh that is a nasty Sunday League challenge. Horrible. Winks gets up straight away but the 'hard man' lunge on Winks in the middle of the pitch is disgusting and the referee gives the defender a talking to. 4:15PM 15 mins That's a cynical chop from Delaney, as he lunges at and then kicks Lucas Moura off the ball. At any level above League One that's an instant booking but the referee lets it go. The free-kick is curled in and headed by Alderweireld but loops to the goalie's hand. Lillis tries to take his drop kick quickly and Llorente jumps in his way - the ball cannons off him and lands wide of the empty net! That's a foul apparently. Hmmm. 4:13PM 13 mins Son wastes a promising move with a really poor touch, just as Spurs had worked the ball to him in the box. He knocks it long and is then muscled out of possession inside the six yard box. Rafferty curls an excellent early cross to the back post and Trippier has to be awake to cut it out. 4:12PM 12 mins There's a League One challenge if ever you'll see one. Rafferty comes absolutely flying in to a tackle on Danny Rose, going in hard on him as he tries to clear. Think English Sunday League aggression and that's where he's at. Letting them know he's there. That old chestnut. Credit: REUTERS 4:09PM 9 mins Rochdale have started well here but Spurs look suspiciously like they're enjoying themselves and it won't be long before they figure out a way to score. 4:06PM 6 mins Rochdale are pressing high, which is pretty hard to do and rather brave in a 3-5-2. They close down Alderweireld and win possession back near the Spurs box but an attempted switched pass goes out for a throw. The pitch gives way underneath Alderweireld as he tries to stop suddenly and he's extremely lucky that Rochdale don't pick his pocket and run through on goal. Moura is dribbling past Rochdale players like they're training dummies. 4:03PM 4 mins Early danger as Rochdale find space on the left after a flowing passing move and a low cross is cleared away by the Spurs defence. Lucas Moura picks the ball up and runs past two men before chipping to Son on the left. He controls and takes the ball past the defender but loses out before he can pull the trigger, thanks to the covering centre-back. 4:02PM 2 mins Trippier looks like he might have hurt myself, taking his time over a throw in. The Rochdale support are making plenty of noise and the players are moving the ball confidently early on. 4:01PM KICK OFF Here we go! 3:56PM Here come the players! The first game on a lovely new pitch between two teams who have never played each other. 3:54PM Mauricio Pochettino happy with the new pitch "I want to congratulate everyone involved with this hard job to change and improve the pitch. They are happy, we are so happy it is a pitch you can play football on. I think we are all happy but I need to recognise the people involved to improve, it's an amazing job. Congratulations. Football this afternoon is going to win." 3:47PM Keith Hill interview "We're not focused on that. My players are capable and on a one off occasion they can bring their A game, a game they've not produced enough over the course of their careers. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. "It has done but it can't be used as an excuse. I can't change the way the players think, the way we've trained them over the last five years, we're going to test ourselves against supreme opposition who do the things we do about 20/30 times better!" 3:44PM "Resting" big players Alan Shearer has added an experienced opinion on the nonsense of resting big players by putting them on the bench. "The travelling tires you, you've got to do the warm up, if you don't play you'll be doing running after anyway." 3:29PM Rochdale starting lineup Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney, Rafferty, Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Done, Humphrys, Henderson 3:24PM Still no sign of the Rochdale first XI Keith Hill is at it. Mind games. Psychological warfare! The match has begun before kick off. 3:13PM Beach party! Rochdale holding a kids’ beach party today because of their sandy pitch getting into the news �� pitch is relaid and looks OK today ���� pic.twitter.com/oVGhxYjJXc— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) February 18, 2018 3:08PM Spurs starting lineups #THFC: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/w80FBmOosc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018 2:53PM Players making their way to the stadium Credit: REUTERS Kyle Walker-Peters at Rochdale Credit: REUTERS I like that the van is also a security barrier. 2:16PM Hello! Good afternoon/early evening - whichever you'd like to call it. Welcome to our liveblog for a rather exciting FA Cup clash between a team stuck dead to the bottom of League One and one who just pulled off a heroic draw in Turin against the mighty Juventus. It's the magic of the cup! Since the Champions League and Premier League take precedent in this terrifying modern life, it's likely that Spurs will field most of their reserves in waiting, meaning Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and a few others knocking on the door have the chance to push for a legit first team starting place. Can Spurs afford to take chances with the second string? Because... if they don't win a trophy then what has this all been about? Tedious trophy talk should not obscure Pochettino's brilliance at Tottenham Rochdale aren't without hope just because they're struggling in the league - this is the magical, mystical FA Cup we're talking about - but they are missing Niall Canavan and Keith Keane through injury and Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott can't play because they're cup tied.