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Ray Wilkins has died, aged 61, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The former England midfielder was rushed to hospital on Friday after falling in the wake of a heart attack and had been put in an induced coma. Wilkins had carried out media duties on Talksport and Sky Sports - he was a regular on both platforms - shortly before. A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known as 'Butch' - played for 11 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but was more commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with Chelsea, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Ray Wilkins obituary During his career as a player, Wilkins won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. John Hollins remembers Ray . . . I still remember the 17-year-old Ray Wilkins who came straight out of the youth team into the Chelsea first team. I can see him, the great two-footed player. Nobody says that about him. People say “he used to sit in the middle, get it and pass it”. But it was accurate passing and it was with both feet. He could walk through games and he would be fantastic these days, putting balls through for the strikers. I was captain when Ray broke into the first team, but the manager, Eddie McCreadie, decided that, aged 28, I was too old and sold me at the end of Ray’s first season to Queens Park Rangers. Eddie wanted to create a team of Chelsea babes and I knew before I left that Ray was going to take over the captaincy from me. When I left, I said to him “just give a few people a bit of stick in there, don’t take it all on your shoulders”. He did, but in the proper way – not all this screaming and shouting. He was such a lovely boy, but mature. As a young lad, his dad told him “whatever happens, just keep playing. If you get knocked over, get back up and do your job”. It seemed he took that throughout his career and his life. I went out to Italy and saw Ray when he was at AC Milan and we were then together again at QPR when he was player-manager and I was reserve team manager. I only saw Ray a few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge, so the shock of losing him is massive, absolutely massive. As a player he was top drawer and he was an even better man. Tributes pour in Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Ray Wilkins was a warm and kind-hearted man, who always had time for others. Through his broadcast work later in life he shared his love and knowledge of the game with millions of football fans. "Before then of course he was a wonderful player who made 84 appearances for England over 10 years, captaining the team on 10 occasions. His lifelong commitment to the national team also saw him work with our Under-21s as part of his successful coaching career. "He played for a number of top clubs including Chelsea, where he will always be most closely associated, Manchester United and AC Milan. Such a career underlined his ability as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. Ray will be much missed and my thoughts are with his wife Jackie, family and friends." We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate said on the Football Association's official website: "Ray was a great ambassador for the game, a proud Englishman who loved playing for his country and an absolute gent - a class act." "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61," the PFA said in a statement on Twitter. "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends." RIP Ray Wilkins — Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) April 4, 2018 The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2018 He became the fourth player sent off while playing for England when he was dismissed during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico in a game against Morocco. Wilkins - known in the game by his childhood nickname 'Butch' - played for 11 clubs and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. The midfielder started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/pr0JBahJgQ— PFA (@PFA) April 4, 2018 So sorry to hear about Ray Wilkins a great player and a true gentleman RIP— Chris waddle (@chriswaddle93) April 4, 2018 A Statement issued by St George's Hospital, on behalf of Ray Wilkins' family read: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. "We would like to thank St George's staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray. "We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues, and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie. "We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time." Everyone at Fulham Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of Ray Wilkins' passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with Ray's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/xIDwbcRmjm— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) 4 April 2018 Sad and chocked to hear of the passing of Ray Wilkins. A true football person with a totally underestimated contribution to our sport. One of the best I’ve seen. My thought are with his family. Rest in peace #RayWilkins@ManUtd— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) April 4, 2018 Chelsea described Wilkins as a "popular and much-loved figure" who was "widely regarded by the many people who met him as one of the nicest guys in football, possessing a wonderful turn of phrase and a contagious love for the sport." Wilkins' soothing voice and insight made him stand out as a commentator on British TV and radio in recent years. As a player, he was a technically gifted midfielder, two-footed, and an intelligent passer of the ball. Wilkins "was the consummate midfielder who possessed brilliant footballing skills and a brain to match," United said in a statement. Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed. pic.twitter.com/cSDhloOPDZ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2018 As a player, he won the FA Cup with United in 1983 and the Scottish league title with Rangers in 1989. In between, he moved to AC Milan in 1984 and was one of the few high-profile English players to play abroad. He played in Milan for three years before a short stint at Paris Saint-Germain. At international level, one of Wilkins' most famous moments came in 1986 when he became the first England player to be sent off in a World Cup after throwing the ball at a referee during a group game against Morocco. Paul Clement, who worked with Wilkins as a coach at Chelsea. Tragic news. Rest In Peace Ray. pic.twitter.com/uB1yAYmkZv— Paul Clement (@PaulClement1972) April 4, 2018 Wilkins worked as as Tim Sherwood's assistant manager at Aston Villa in 2015. Everybody associated with Aston Villa Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former assistant manager, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray. #AVFCpic.twitter.com/fk2uzGgseR— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 4, 2018 "A wonderful footballer and a delightful man," tweeted former England striker Gary Lineker, who played alongside Wilkins in the 1986 World Cup and finished as the tournament's top scorer. "It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful." Peter Shilton posted: "I'm devastated to receive this sad news of my former team mate Ray Wilkins a great footballer and well respected by the players rip a very sad day for me only laughing together a few weeks ago" Trevor Steven tweeted: "Sad beyond belief . RIP Ray. My first captain for the England team. Thoughts are with Jackie and the family. #RayWilkins. Another England team-mate Peter Reid added on Sky Sports News HQ: "He was an absolutely outstanding, outstanding human being. "His legacy would be 'win, lose or draw, you've always got to have class' and that's what Ray Wilkins was." Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 4, 2018 Absolutely devastated to hear Ray Wilkins has passed away. Great Guy, football legend. RIP Ray— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) April 4, 2018 Sir Alex Ferguson, in a League Managers' Association statement said: “I am very, very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to Ray’s wife Jackie, his children Jade and Ross and all of his family. “Ray was a great football man, who was well respected and liked by all who knew him and he always had a kind word and time for people. “Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and PSG and of course his country, England. “As a manager, Ray was so popular amongst his LMA colleagues and I know that he will be missed by us all.” LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Ray lived and breathed football his whole career. As a player, he was a leader on the pitch and he instilled his beliefs and values into his coaching, helping a vast number of players understand what it meant to win games of football at the highest level. We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 Paul Gascoigne, who like Wilkins played in Italy and Scotland, added: "Such a great loss, just heard he's just passed away, he was such a gentleman an unbelievable player, 1st player to succeed playing in Italy, I remember playing against him, everyone was saying it's either him or me for ENGLAND and I didn't even get a touch, he was brilliant RIP ray xx." Former AC Milan captain Franco Baresi tweeted: "In these moments you never know what to say, but it was an honour to have had you as team-mate, you were special, a gentleman on and off the pitch." Baresi led the tributesto Wilkins ahead of the derby with Inter on Wednesday night. The Italian laid a wreath behind one of the goals at San Siro before raising an AC shirt with 'Wilkins 8' on the back to the crowd. In questi momenti non sai mai cosa dire, ma è stato un onore averti avuto come compagno, eri speciale,un signore in campo e fuori. Grazie Ray Wilkins RIP pic.twitter.com/tpQKtlNrRI— Franco Baresi (@FBaresi) April 4, 2018 Career in numbers 825,000 Transfer fee in pounds when Wilkins was signed by Manchester United from Chelsea during the summer of 1979. 17 Age when making his first-team debut for Chelsea, having just turned professional, when he came on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge during October 1973. 11 Clubs played for, which also took in spells at AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Rangers - and Leyton Orient. 1986 At the World Cup finals in Mexico, Wilkins was shown a red card during the match against Morocco, becoming the fourth England player to be sent off. Very lucky to have worked with Ray Wilkins. Impeccable manners, wonderfully kind and sincere with a cheeky wit always lurking underneath. To his family and friends, the sincerest of condolences. The football family has lost a lovely man. pic.twitter.com/gXE3KEwiWG— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) 4 April 2018 198 Appearances for Chelsea before he left for Old Trafford. 84 Number of England caps won. 12 Goals for Chelsea in all competitions during the 1975/76 season which made Wilkins the club's top scorer. Ray Wilkins captained England on 10 occasions 1997 The year when Wilkins became the manager of Fulham, with former England team-mate Kevin Keegan as chief operating officer at the then third-tier club. 10 Number of goals for Manchester United, including a fine curling effort in the 1983 FA Cup final draw against Brighton at Wembley, which ended 2-2. Notable achievements 84 senior England caps, 10 as captain. 695 club appearances in a career that took him to Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Queens Park Rangers, among others. Managed QPR and Fulham and had spells as an assistant manager at Chelsea, Aston Villa and Millwall. Won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983, scoring a memorable goal against Brighton at Wembley. Won the league and the Scottish cup with Rangers in 1989. Was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant when Chelsea won the first league and cup Double in their history in 2010.
Ray Wilkins dies, aged 61, after suffering cardiac arrest
Ray Wilkins has died, aged 61, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The former England midfielder was rushed to hospital on Friday after falling in the wake of a heart attack and had been put in an induced coma. Wilkins had carried out media duties on Talksport and Sky Sports - he was a regular on both platforms - shortly before. A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known as 'Butch' - played for 11 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but was more commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with Chelsea, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Ray Wilkins obituary During his career as a player, Wilkins won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. John Hollins remembers Ray . . . I still remember the 17-year-old Ray Wilkins who came straight out of the youth team into the Chelsea first team. I can see him, the great two-footed player. Nobody says that about him. People say “he used to sit in the middle, get it and pass it”. But it was accurate passing and it was with both feet. He could walk through games and he would be fantastic these days, putting balls through for the strikers. I was captain when Ray broke into the first team, but the manager, Eddie McCreadie, decided that, aged 28, I was too old and sold me at the end of Ray’s first season to Queens Park Rangers. Eddie wanted to create a team of Chelsea babes and I knew before I left that Ray was going to take over the captaincy from me. When I left, I said to him “just give a few people a bit of stick in there, don’t take it all on your shoulders”. He did, but in the proper way – not all this screaming and shouting. He was such a lovely boy, but mature. As a young lad, his dad told him “whatever happens, just keep playing. If you get knocked over, get back up and do your job”. It seemed he took that throughout his career and his life. I went out to Italy and saw Ray when he was at AC Milan and we were then together again at QPR when he was player-manager and I was reserve team manager. I only saw Ray a few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge, so the shock of losing him is massive, absolutely massive. As a player he was top drawer and he was an even better man. Tributes pour in Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Ray Wilkins was a warm and kind-hearted man, who always had time for others. Through his broadcast work later in life he shared his love and knowledge of the game with millions of football fans. "Before then of course he was a wonderful player who made 84 appearances for England over 10 years, captaining the team on 10 occasions. His lifelong commitment to the national team also saw him work with our Under-21s as part of his successful coaching career. "He played for a number of top clubs including Chelsea, where he will always be most closely associated, Manchester United and AC Milan. Such a career underlined his ability as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. Ray will be much missed and my thoughts are with his wife Jackie, family and friends." We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate said on the Football Association's official website: "Ray was a great ambassador for the game, a proud Englishman who loved playing for his country and an absolute gent - a class act." "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61," the PFA said in a statement on Twitter. "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends." RIP Ray Wilkins — Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) April 4, 2018 The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2018 He became the fourth player sent off while playing for England when he was dismissed during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico in a game against Morocco. Wilkins - known in the game by his childhood nickname 'Butch' - played for 11 clubs and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. The midfielder started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/pr0JBahJgQ— PFA (@PFA) April 4, 2018 So sorry to hear about Ray Wilkins a great player and a true gentleman RIP— Chris waddle (@chriswaddle93) April 4, 2018 A Statement issued by St George's Hospital, on behalf of Ray Wilkins' family read: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. "We would like to thank St George's staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray. "We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues, and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie. "We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time." Everyone at Fulham Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of Ray Wilkins' passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with Ray's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/xIDwbcRmjm— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) 4 April 2018 Sad and chocked to hear of the passing of Ray Wilkins. A true football person with a totally underestimated contribution to our sport. One of the best I’ve seen. My thought are with his family. Rest in peace #RayWilkins@ManUtd— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) April 4, 2018 Chelsea described Wilkins as a "popular and much-loved figure" who was "widely regarded by the many people who met him as one of the nicest guys in football, possessing a wonderful turn of phrase and a contagious love for the sport." Wilkins' soothing voice and insight made him stand out as a commentator on British TV and radio in recent years. As a player, he was a technically gifted midfielder, two-footed, and an intelligent passer of the ball. Wilkins "was the consummate midfielder who possessed brilliant footballing skills and a brain to match," United said in a statement. Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed. pic.twitter.com/cSDhloOPDZ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2018 As a player, he won the FA Cup with United in 1983 and the Scottish league title with Rangers in 1989. In between, he moved to AC Milan in 1984 and was one of the few high-profile English players to play abroad. He played in Milan for three years before a short stint at Paris Saint-Germain. At international level, one of Wilkins' most famous moments came in 1986 when he became the first England player to be sent off in a World Cup after throwing the ball at a referee during a group game against Morocco. Paul Clement, who worked with Wilkins as a coach at Chelsea. Tragic news. Rest In Peace Ray. pic.twitter.com/uB1yAYmkZv— Paul Clement (@PaulClement1972) April 4, 2018 Wilkins worked as as Tim Sherwood's assistant manager at Aston Villa in 2015. Everybody associated with Aston Villa Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former assistant manager, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray. #AVFCpic.twitter.com/fk2uzGgseR— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 4, 2018 "A wonderful footballer and a delightful man," tweeted former England striker Gary Lineker, who played alongside Wilkins in the 1986 World Cup and finished as the tournament's top scorer. "It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful." Peter Shilton posted: "I'm devastated to receive this sad news of my former team mate Ray Wilkins a great footballer and well respected by the players rip a very sad day for me only laughing together a few weeks ago" Trevor Steven tweeted: "Sad beyond belief . RIP Ray. My first captain for the England team. Thoughts are with Jackie and the family. #RayWilkins. Another England team-mate Peter Reid added on Sky Sports News HQ: "He was an absolutely outstanding, outstanding human being. "His legacy would be 'win, lose or draw, you've always got to have class' and that's what Ray Wilkins was." Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 4, 2018 Absolutely devastated to hear Ray Wilkins has passed away. Great Guy, football legend. RIP Ray— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) April 4, 2018 Sir Alex Ferguson, in a League Managers' Association statement said: “I am very, very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to Ray’s wife Jackie, his children Jade and Ross and all of his family. “Ray was a great football man, who was well respected and liked by all who knew him and he always had a kind word and time for people. “Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and PSG and of course his country, England. “As a manager, Ray was so popular amongst his LMA colleagues and I know that he will be missed by us all.” LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Ray lived and breathed football his whole career. As a player, he was a leader on the pitch and he instilled his beliefs and values into his coaching, helping a vast number of players understand what it meant to win games of football at the highest level. We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 Paul Gascoigne, who like Wilkins played in Italy and Scotland, added: "Such a great loss, just heard he's just passed away, he was such a gentleman an unbelievable player, 1st player to succeed playing in Italy, I remember playing against him, everyone was saying it's either him or me for ENGLAND and I didn't even get a touch, he was brilliant RIP ray xx." Former AC Milan captain Franco Baresi tweeted: "In these moments you never know what to say, but it was an honour to have had you as team-mate, you were special, a gentleman on and off the pitch." Baresi led the tributesto Wilkins ahead of the derby with Inter on Wednesday night. The Italian laid a wreath behind one of the goals at San Siro before raising an AC shirt with 'Wilkins 8' on the back to the crowd. In questi momenti non sai mai cosa dire, ma è stato un onore averti avuto come compagno, eri speciale,un signore in campo e fuori. Grazie Ray Wilkins RIP pic.twitter.com/tpQKtlNrRI— Franco Baresi (@FBaresi) April 4, 2018 Career in numbers 825,000 Transfer fee in pounds when Wilkins was signed by Manchester United from Chelsea during the summer of 1979. 17 Age when making his first-team debut for Chelsea, having just turned professional, when he came on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge during October 1973. 11 Clubs played for, which also took in spells at AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Rangers - and Leyton Orient. 1986 At the World Cup finals in Mexico, Wilkins was shown a red card during the match against Morocco, becoming the fourth England player to be sent off. Very lucky to have worked with Ray Wilkins. Impeccable manners, wonderfully kind and sincere with a cheeky wit always lurking underneath. To his family and friends, the sincerest of condolences. The football family has lost a lovely man. pic.twitter.com/gXE3KEwiWG— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) 4 April 2018 198 Appearances for Chelsea before he left for Old Trafford. 84 Number of England caps won. 12 Goals for Chelsea in all competitions during the 1975/76 season which made Wilkins the club's top scorer. Ray Wilkins captained England on 10 occasions 1997 The year when Wilkins became the manager of Fulham, with former England team-mate Kevin Keegan as chief operating officer at the then third-tier club. 10 Number of goals for Manchester United, including a fine curling effort in the 1983 FA Cup final draw against Brighton at Wembley, which ended 2-2. Notable achievements 84 senior England caps, 10 as captain. 695 club appearances in a career that took him to Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Queens Park Rangers, among others. Managed QPR and Fulham and had spells as an assistant manager at Chelsea, Aston Villa and Millwall. Won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983, scoring a memorable goal against Brighton at Wembley. Won the league and the Scottish cup with Rangers in 1989. Was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant when Chelsea won the first league and cup Double in their history in 2010.
Ray Wilkins has died, aged 61, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The former England midfielder was rushed to hospital on Friday after falling in the wake of a heart attack and had been put in an induced coma. Wilkins had carried out media duties on Talksport and Sky Sports - he was a regular on both platforms - shortly before. A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known as 'Butch' - played for 11 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but was more commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with Chelsea, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Ray Wilkins obituary During his career as a player, Wilkins won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. John Hollins remembers Ray . . . I still remember the 17-year-old Ray Wilkins who came straight out of the youth team into the Chelsea first team. I can see him, the great two-footed player. Nobody says that about him. People say “he used to sit in the middle, get it and pass it”. But it was accurate passing and it was with both feet. He could walk through games and he would be fantastic these days, putting balls through for the strikers. I was captain when Ray broke into the first team, but the manager, Eddie McCreadie, decided that, aged 28, I was too old and sold me at the end of Ray’s first season to Queens Park Rangers. Eddie wanted to create a team of Chelsea babes and I knew before I left that Ray was going to take over the captaincy from me. When I left, I said to him “just give a few people a bit of stick in there, don’t take it all on your shoulders”. He did, but in the proper way – not all this screaming and shouting. He was such a lovely boy, but mature. As a young lad, his dad told him “whatever happens, just keep playing. If you get knocked over, get back up and do your job”. It seemed he took that throughout his career and his life. I went out to Italy and saw Ray when he was at AC Milan and we were then together again at QPR when he was player-manager and I was reserve team manager. I only saw Ray a few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge, so the shock of losing him is massive, absolutely massive. As a player he was top drawer and he was an even better man. Tributes pour in Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Ray Wilkins was a warm and kind-hearted man, who always had time for others. Through his broadcast work later in life he shared his love and knowledge of the game with millions of football fans. "Before then of course he was a wonderful player who made 84 appearances for England over 10 years, captaining the team on 10 occasions. His lifelong commitment to the national team also saw him work with our Under-21s as part of his successful coaching career. "He played for a number of top clubs including Chelsea, where he will always be most closely associated, Manchester United and AC Milan. Such a career underlined his ability as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. Ray will be much missed and my thoughts are with his wife Jackie, family and friends." We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate said on the Football Association's official website: "Ray was a great ambassador for the game, a proud Englishman who loved playing for his country and an absolute gent - a class act." "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61," the PFA said in a statement on Twitter. "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends." RIP Ray Wilkins — Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) April 4, 2018 The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2018 He became the fourth player sent off while playing for England when he was dismissed during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico in a game against Morocco. Wilkins - known in the game by his childhood nickname 'Butch' - played for 11 clubs and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. The midfielder started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/pr0JBahJgQ— PFA (@PFA) April 4, 2018 So sorry to hear about Ray Wilkins a great player and a true gentleman RIP— Chris waddle (@chriswaddle93) April 4, 2018 A Statement issued by St George's Hospital, on behalf of Ray Wilkins' family read: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. "We would like to thank St George's staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray. "We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues, and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie. "We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time." Everyone at Fulham Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of Ray Wilkins' passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with Ray's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/xIDwbcRmjm— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) 4 April 2018 Sad and chocked to hear of the passing of Ray Wilkins. A true football person with a totally underestimated contribution to our sport. One of the best I’ve seen. My thought are with his family. Rest in peace #RayWilkins@ManUtd— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) April 4, 2018 Chelsea described Wilkins as a "popular and much-loved figure" who was "widely regarded by the many people who met him as one of the nicest guys in football, possessing a wonderful turn of phrase and a contagious love for the sport." Wilkins' soothing voice and insight made him stand out as a commentator on British TV and radio in recent years. As a player, he was a technically gifted midfielder, two-footed, and an intelligent passer of the ball. Wilkins "was the consummate midfielder who possessed brilliant footballing skills and a brain to match," United said in a statement. Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed. pic.twitter.com/cSDhloOPDZ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2018 As a player, he won the FA Cup with United in 1983 and the Scottish league title with Rangers in 1989. In between, he moved to AC Milan in 1984 and was one of the few high-profile English players to play abroad. He played in Milan for three years before a short stint at Paris Saint-Germain. At international level, one of Wilkins' most famous moments came in 1986 when he became the first England player to be sent off in a World Cup after throwing the ball at a referee during a group game against Morocco. Paul Clement, who worked with Wilkins as a coach at Chelsea. Tragic news. Rest In Peace Ray. pic.twitter.com/uB1yAYmkZv— Paul Clement (@PaulClement1972) April 4, 2018 Wilkins worked as as Tim Sherwood's assistant manager at Aston Villa in 2015. Everybody associated with Aston Villa Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former assistant manager, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray. #AVFCpic.twitter.com/fk2uzGgseR— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 4, 2018 "A wonderful footballer and a delightful man," tweeted former England striker Gary Lineker, who played alongside Wilkins in the 1986 World Cup and finished as the tournament's top scorer. "It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful." Peter Shilton posted: "I'm devastated to receive this sad news of my former team mate Ray Wilkins a great footballer and well respected by the players rip a very sad day for me only laughing together a few weeks ago" Trevor Steven tweeted: "Sad beyond belief . RIP Ray. My first captain for the England team. Thoughts are with Jackie and the family. #RayWilkins. Another England team-mate Peter Reid added on Sky Sports News HQ: "He was an absolutely outstanding, outstanding human being. "His legacy would be 'win, lose or draw, you've always got to have class' and that's what Ray Wilkins was." Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 4, 2018 Absolutely devastated to hear Ray Wilkins has passed away. Great Guy, football legend. RIP Ray— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) April 4, 2018 Sir Alex Ferguson, in a League Managers' Association statement said: “I am very, very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to Ray’s wife Jackie, his children Jade and Ross and all of his family. “Ray was a great football man, who was well respected and liked by all who knew him and he always had a kind word and time for people. “Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and PSG and of course his country, England. “As a manager, Ray was so popular amongst his LMA colleagues and I know that he will be missed by us all.” LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Ray lived and breathed football his whole career. As a player, he was a leader on the pitch and he instilled his beliefs and values into his coaching, helping a vast number of players understand what it meant to win games of football at the highest level. We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 Paul Gascoigne, who like Wilkins played in Italy and Scotland, added: "Such a great loss, just heard he's just passed away, he was such a gentleman an unbelievable player, 1st player to succeed playing in Italy, I remember playing against him, everyone was saying it's either him or me for ENGLAND and I didn't even get a touch, he was brilliant RIP ray xx." Former AC Milan captain Franco Baresi tweeted: "In these moments you never know what to say, but it was an honour to have had you as team-mate, you were special, a gentleman on and off the pitch." Baresi led the tributesto Wilkins ahead of the derby with Inter on Wednesday night. The Italian laid a wreath behind one of the goals at San Siro before raising an AC shirt with 'Wilkins 8' on the back to the crowd. In questi momenti non sai mai cosa dire, ma è stato un onore averti avuto come compagno, eri speciale,un signore in campo e fuori. Grazie Ray Wilkins RIP pic.twitter.com/tpQKtlNrRI— Franco Baresi (@FBaresi) April 4, 2018 Career in numbers 825,000 Transfer fee in pounds when Wilkins was signed by Manchester United from Chelsea during the summer of 1979. 17 Age when making his first-team debut for Chelsea, having just turned professional, when he came on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge during October 1973. 11 Clubs played for, which also took in spells at AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Rangers - and Leyton Orient. 1986 At the World Cup finals in Mexico, Wilkins was shown a red card during the match against Morocco, becoming the fourth England player to be sent off. Very lucky to have worked with Ray Wilkins. Impeccable manners, wonderfully kind and sincere with a cheeky wit always lurking underneath. To his family and friends, the sincerest of condolences. The football family has lost a lovely man. pic.twitter.com/gXE3KEwiWG— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) 4 April 2018 198 Appearances for Chelsea before he left for Old Trafford. 84 Number of England caps won. 12 Goals for Chelsea in all competitions during the 1975/76 season which made Wilkins the club's top scorer. Ray Wilkins captained England on 10 occasions 1997 The year when Wilkins became the manager of Fulham, with former England team-mate Kevin Keegan as chief operating officer at the then third-tier club. 10 Number of goals for Manchester United, including a fine curling effort in the 1983 FA Cup final draw against Brighton at Wembley, which ended 2-2. Notable achievements 84 senior England caps, 10 as captain. 695 club appearances in a career that took him to Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Queens Park Rangers, among others. Managed QPR and Fulham and had spells as an assistant manager at Chelsea, Aston Villa and Millwall. Won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983, scoring a memorable goal against Brighton at Wembley. Won the league and the Scottish cup with Rangers in 1989. Was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant when Chelsea won the first league and cup Double in their history in 2010.
Ray Wilkins dies, aged 61, after suffering cardiac arrest
Ray Wilkins has died, aged 61, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The former England midfielder was rushed to hospital on Friday after falling in the wake of a heart attack and had been put in an induced coma. Wilkins had carried out media duties on Talksport and Sky Sports - he was a regular on both platforms - shortly before. A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known as 'Butch' - played for 11 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but was more commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with Chelsea, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Ray Wilkins obituary During his career as a player, Wilkins won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. John Hollins remembers Ray . . . I still remember the 17-year-old Ray Wilkins who came straight out of the youth team into the Chelsea first team. I can see him, the great two-footed player. Nobody says that about him. People say “he used to sit in the middle, get it and pass it”. But it was accurate passing and it was with both feet. He could walk through games and he would be fantastic these days, putting balls through for the strikers. I was captain when Ray broke into the first team, but the manager, Eddie McCreadie, decided that, aged 28, I was too old and sold me at the end of Ray’s first season to Queens Park Rangers. Eddie wanted to create a team of Chelsea babes and I knew before I left that Ray was going to take over the captaincy from me. When I left, I said to him “just give a few people a bit of stick in there, don’t take it all on your shoulders”. He did, but in the proper way – not all this screaming and shouting. He was such a lovely boy, but mature. As a young lad, his dad told him “whatever happens, just keep playing. If you get knocked over, get back up and do your job”. It seemed he took that throughout his career and his life. I went out to Italy and saw Ray when he was at AC Milan and we were then together again at QPR when he was player-manager and I was reserve team manager. I only saw Ray a few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge, so the shock of losing him is massive, absolutely massive. As a player he was top drawer and he was an even better man. Tributes pour in Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Ray Wilkins was a warm and kind-hearted man, who always had time for others. Through his broadcast work later in life he shared his love and knowledge of the game with millions of football fans. "Before then of course he was a wonderful player who made 84 appearances for England over 10 years, captaining the team on 10 occasions. His lifelong commitment to the national team also saw him work with our Under-21s as part of his successful coaching career. "He played for a number of top clubs including Chelsea, where he will always be most closely associated, Manchester United and AC Milan. Such a career underlined his ability as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. Ray will be much missed and my thoughts are with his wife Jackie, family and friends." We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate said on the Football Association's official website: "Ray was a great ambassador for the game, a proud Englishman who loved playing for his country and an absolute gent - a class act." "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61," the PFA said in a statement on Twitter. "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends." RIP Ray Wilkins — Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) April 4, 2018 The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2018 He became the fourth player sent off while playing for England when he was dismissed during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico in a game against Morocco. Wilkins - known in the game by his childhood nickname 'Butch' - played for 11 clubs and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. The midfielder started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/pr0JBahJgQ— PFA (@PFA) April 4, 2018 So sorry to hear about Ray Wilkins a great player and a true gentleman RIP— Chris waddle (@chriswaddle93) April 4, 2018 A Statement issued by St George's Hospital, on behalf of Ray Wilkins' family read: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. "We would like to thank St George's staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray. "We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues, and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie. "We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time." Everyone at Fulham Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of Ray Wilkins' passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with Ray's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/xIDwbcRmjm— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) 4 April 2018 Sad and chocked to hear of the passing of Ray Wilkins. A true football person with a totally underestimated contribution to our sport. One of the best I’ve seen. My thought are with his family. Rest in peace #RayWilkins@ManUtd— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) April 4, 2018 Chelsea described Wilkins as a "popular and much-loved figure" who was "widely regarded by the many people who met him as one of the nicest guys in football, possessing a wonderful turn of phrase and a contagious love for the sport." Wilkins' soothing voice and insight made him stand out as a commentator on British TV and radio in recent years. As a player, he was a technically gifted midfielder, two-footed, and an intelligent passer of the ball. Wilkins "was the consummate midfielder who possessed brilliant footballing skills and a brain to match," United said in a statement. Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed. pic.twitter.com/cSDhloOPDZ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2018 As a player, he won the FA Cup with United in 1983 and the Scottish league title with Rangers in 1989. In between, he moved to AC Milan in 1984 and was one of the few high-profile English players to play abroad. He played in Milan for three years before a short stint at Paris Saint-Germain. At international level, one of Wilkins' most famous moments came in 1986 when he became the first England player to be sent off in a World Cup after throwing the ball at a referee during a group game against Morocco. Paul Clement, who worked with Wilkins as a coach at Chelsea. Tragic news. Rest In Peace Ray. pic.twitter.com/uB1yAYmkZv— Paul Clement (@PaulClement1972) April 4, 2018 Wilkins worked as as Tim Sherwood's assistant manager at Aston Villa in 2015. Everybody associated with Aston Villa Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former assistant manager, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray. #AVFCpic.twitter.com/fk2uzGgseR— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 4, 2018 "A wonderful footballer and a delightful man," tweeted former England striker Gary Lineker, who played alongside Wilkins in the 1986 World Cup and finished as the tournament's top scorer. "It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful." Peter Shilton posted: "I'm devastated to receive this sad news of my former team mate Ray Wilkins a great footballer and well respected by the players rip a very sad day for me only laughing together a few weeks ago" Trevor Steven tweeted: "Sad beyond belief . RIP Ray. My first captain for the England team. Thoughts are with Jackie and the family. #RayWilkins. Another England team-mate Peter Reid added on Sky Sports News HQ: "He was an absolutely outstanding, outstanding human being. "His legacy would be 'win, lose or draw, you've always got to have class' and that's what Ray Wilkins was." Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 4, 2018 Absolutely devastated to hear Ray Wilkins has passed away. Great Guy, football legend. RIP Ray— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) April 4, 2018 Sir Alex Ferguson, in a League Managers' Association statement said: “I am very, very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to Ray’s wife Jackie, his children Jade and Ross and all of his family. “Ray was a great football man, who was well respected and liked by all who knew him and he always had a kind word and time for people. “Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and PSG and of course his country, England. “As a manager, Ray was so popular amongst his LMA colleagues and I know that he will be missed by us all.” LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Ray lived and breathed football his whole career. As a player, he was a leader on the pitch and he instilled his beliefs and values into his coaching, helping a vast number of players understand what it meant to win games of football at the highest level. We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61. Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007. We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq— England (@England) 4 April 2018 Paul Gascoigne, who like Wilkins played in Italy and Scotland, added: "Such a great loss, just heard he's just passed away, he was such a gentleman an unbelievable player, 1st player to succeed playing in Italy, I remember playing against him, everyone was saying it's either him or me for ENGLAND and I didn't even get a touch, he was brilliant RIP ray xx." Former AC Milan captain Franco Baresi tweeted: "In these moments you never know what to say, but it was an honour to have had you as team-mate, you were special, a gentleman on and off the pitch." Baresi led the tributesto Wilkins ahead of the derby with Inter on Wednesday night. The Italian laid a wreath behind one of the goals at San Siro before raising an AC shirt with 'Wilkins 8' on the back to the crowd. In questi momenti non sai mai cosa dire, ma è stato un onore averti avuto come compagno, eri speciale,un signore in campo e fuori. Grazie Ray Wilkins RIP pic.twitter.com/tpQKtlNrRI— Franco Baresi (@FBaresi) April 4, 2018 Career in numbers 825,000 Transfer fee in pounds when Wilkins was signed by Manchester United from Chelsea during the summer of 1979. 17 Age when making his first-team debut for Chelsea, having just turned professional, when he came on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge during October 1973. 11 Clubs played for, which also took in spells at AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Rangers - and Leyton Orient. 1986 At the World Cup finals in Mexico, Wilkins was shown a red card during the match against Morocco, becoming the fourth England player to be sent off. Very lucky to have worked with Ray Wilkins. Impeccable manners, wonderfully kind and sincere with a cheeky wit always lurking underneath. To his family and friends, the sincerest of condolences. The football family has lost a lovely man. pic.twitter.com/gXE3KEwiWG— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) 4 April 2018 198 Appearances for Chelsea before he left for Old Trafford. 84 Number of England caps won. 12 Goals for Chelsea in all competitions during the 1975/76 season which made Wilkins the club's top scorer. Ray Wilkins captained England on 10 occasions 1997 The year when Wilkins became the manager of Fulham, with former England team-mate Kevin Keegan as chief operating officer at the then third-tier club. 10 Number of goals for Manchester United, including a fine curling effort in the 1983 FA Cup final draw against Brighton at Wembley, which ended 2-2. Notable achievements 84 senior England caps, 10 as captain. 695 club appearances in a career that took him to Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Queens Park Rangers, among others. Managed QPR and Fulham and had spells as an assistant manager at Chelsea, Aston Villa and Millwall. Won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983, scoring a memorable goal against Brighton at Wembley. Won the league and the Scottish cup with Rangers in 1989. Was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant when Chelsea won the first league and cup Double in their history in 2010.
Leyton Orient have spent £39,537 on agents’ fees - over ten-times more than National League leaders Macclesfield
Leyton Orient have spent £39,537 on agents’ fees - over ten-times more than National League leaders Macclesfield
Leyton Orient have spent £39,537 on agents’ fees - over ten-times more than National League leaders Macclesfield
Leyton Orient have spent £39,537 on agents’ fees - over ten-times more than National League leaders Macclesfield
Leyton Orient have spent £39,537 on agents’ fees - over ten-times more than National League leaders Macclesfield
Leyton Orient have spent £39,537 on agents’ fees - over ten-times more than National League leaders Macclesfield
Former England captain Ray Wilkins is seriously ill after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 61 year-old is said to have been placed in an induced coma after falling and hitting his head after suffering the heart attack at home in Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday. “He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care,” Wilkins’ wife, Jackie, told The Daily Mirror. “He is not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill. The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad.” Wilkins, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United, QPR and Glasgow Rangers during his illustrious career, had previously been given the all-clear after undergoing a double heart bypass operation last July. Ray Wilkins in action for Chelsea in 1975 Credit: GETTY IMAGES A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known in the game as 'Butch' - played for 12 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. We can confirm that Ray Wilkins is currently being treated at St George’s Hospital, and his condition is critical. His family have asked for privacy at this time, and we are tweeting this update with their agreement.— St George's NHS FT (@StGeorgesTrust) March 30, 2018 Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Following the reports Chelsea tweeted: "The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support." The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support. pic.twitter.com/egOapZhDYN— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 30, 2018 During his career as a player, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. Other former clubs, including QPR and Leyton Orient, also tweeted their best wishes. �� We're extremely saddened to hear former #QPR player and manager Ray Wilkins has suffered a suspected heart attack. All our prayers are with you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/pNy30MZuft— QPR FC (@QPRFC) March 30, 2018 Everyone associated with #LOFC’s thoughts are with former player Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting! #LOFCpic.twitter.com/39TJtXUQU3— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 30, 2018 Former Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba also paid tribute to Wilkins. All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:20pm PDT Just found out about the news, be strong Ray Wilkins and family. We blue army are sending you our prayers on this religious day ���� #Repost @franklampard with @get_repost ・・・ All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Stay strong my friend #RayWilkinspic.twitter.com/ec57YaIzlW— Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) March 31, 2018 Wilkins is a regular on the Alan Brazil breakfast show on Talksport and a message on the show's Twitter account read: "Ray Wilkins is one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet and working with him on the show is always a joy. Keep fighting, Butch. From Alan & everyone at @talkSPORT."
Ray Wilkins fighting for his life and in induced coma after heart attack
Former England captain Ray Wilkins is seriously ill after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 61 year-old is said to have been placed in an induced coma after falling and hitting his head after suffering the heart attack at home in Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday. “He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care,” Wilkins’ wife, Jackie, told The Daily Mirror. “He is not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill. The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad.” Wilkins, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United, QPR and Glasgow Rangers during his illustrious career, had previously been given the all-clear after undergoing a double heart bypass operation last July. Ray Wilkins in action for Chelsea in 1975 Credit: GETTY IMAGES A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known in the game as 'Butch' - played for 12 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. We can confirm that Ray Wilkins is currently being treated at St George’s Hospital, and his condition is critical. His family have asked for privacy at this time, and we are tweeting this update with their agreement.— St George's NHS FT (@StGeorgesTrust) March 30, 2018 Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Following the reports Chelsea tweeted: "The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support." The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support. pic.twitter.com/egOapZhDYN— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 30, 2018 During his career as a player, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. Other former clubs, including QPR and Leyton Orient, also tweeted their best wishes. �� We're extremely saddened to hear former #QPR player and manager Ray Wilkins has suffered a suspected heart attack. All our prayers are with you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/pNy30MZuft— QPR FC (@QPRFC) March 30, 2018 Everyone associated with #LOFC’s thoughts are with former player Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting! #LOFCpic.twitter.com/39TJtXUQU3— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 30, 2018 Former Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba also paid tribute to Wilkins. All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:20pm PDT Just found out about the news, be strong Ray Wilkins and family. We blue army are sending you our prayers on this religious day ���� #Repost @franklampard with @get_repost ・・・ All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Stay strong my friend #RayWilkinspic.twitter.com/ec57YaIzlW— Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) March 31, 2018 Wilkins is a regular on the Alan Brazil breakfast show on Talksport and a message on the show's Twitter account read: "Ray Wilkins is one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet and working with him on the show is always a joy. Keep fighting, Butch. From Alan & everyone at @talkSPORT."
Former England captain Ray Wilkins is seriously ill after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 61 year-old is said to have been placed in an induced coma after falling and hitting his head after suffering the heart attack at home in Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday. “He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care,” Wilkins’ wife, Jackie, told The Daily Mirror. “He is not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill. The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad.” Wilkins, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United, QPR and Glasgow Rangers during his illustrious career, had previously been given the all-clear after undergoing a double heart bypass operation last July. Ray Wilkins in action for Chelsea in 1975 Credit: GETTY IMAGES A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known in the game as 'Butch' - played for 12 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. We can confirm that Ray Wilkins is currently being treated at St George’s Hospital, and his condition is critical. His family have asked for privacy at this time, and we are tweeting this update with their agreement.— St George's NHS FT (@StGeorgesTrust) March 30, 2018 Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Following the reports Chelsea tweeted: "The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support." The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support. pic.twitter.com/egOapZhDYN— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 30, 2018 During his career as a player, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. Other former clubs, including QPR and Leyton Orient, also tweeted their best wishes. �� We're extremely saddened to hear former #QPR player and manager Ray Wilkins has suffered a suspected heart attack. All our prayers are with you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/pNy30MZuft— QPR FC (@QPRFC) March 30, 2018 Everyone associated with #LOFC’s thoughts are with former player Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting! #LOFCpic.twitter.com/39TJtXUQU3— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 30, 2018 Former Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba also paid tribute to Wilkins. All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:20pm PDT Just found out about the news, be strong Ray Wilkins and family. We blue army are sending you our prayers on this religious day ���� #Repost @franklampard with @get_repost ・・・ All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Stay strong my friend #RayWilkinspic.twitter.com/ec57YaIzlW— Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) March 31, 2018 Wilkins is a regular on the Alan Brazil breakfast show on Talksport and a message on the show's Twitter account read: "Ray Wilkins is one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet and working with him on the show is always a joy. Keep fighting, Butch. From Alan & everyone at @talkSPORT."
Ray Wilkins fighting for his life and in induced coma after heart attack
Former England captain Ray Wilkins is seriously ill after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 61 year-old is said to have been placed in an induced coma after falling and hitting his head after suffering the heart attack at home in Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday. “He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care,” Wilkins’ wife, Jackie, told The Daily Mirror. “He is not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill. The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad.” Wilkins, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United, QPR and Glasgow Rangers during his illustrious career, had previously been given the all-clear after undergoing a double heart bypass operation last July. Ray Wilkins in action for Chelsea in 1975 Credit: GETTY IMAGES A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins - known in the game as 'Butch' - played for 12 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea. He started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis. We can confirm that Ray Wilkins is currently being treated at St George’s Hospital, and his condition is critical. His family have asked for privacy at this time, and we are tweeting this update with their agreement.— St George's NHS FT (@StGeorgesTrust) March 30, 2018 Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having "real blue blood". Following the reports Chelsea tweeted: "The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support." The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support. pic.twitter.com/egOapZhDYN— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 30, 2018 During his career as a player, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989. Other former clubs, including QPR and Leyton Orient, also tweeted their best wishes. �� We're extremely saddened to hear former #QPR player and manager Ray Wilkins has suffered a suspected heart attack. All our prayers are with you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/pNy30MZuft— QPR FC (@QPRFC) March 30, 2018 Everyone associated with #LOFC’s thoughts are with former player Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting! #LOFCpic.twitter.com/39TJtXUQU3— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 30, 2018 Former Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba also paid tribute to Wilkins. All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:20pm PDT Just found out about the news, be strong Ray Wilkins and family. We blue army are sending you our prayers on this religious day ���� #Repost @franklampard with @get_repost ・・・ All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight. An absolute Gentleman. #raywilkins �� A post shared by didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Stay strong my friend #RayWilkinspic.twitter.com/ec57YaIzlW— Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) March 31, 2018 Wilkins is a regular on the Alan Brazil breakfast show on Talksport and a message on the show's Twitter account read: "Ray Wilkins is one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet and working with him on the show is always a joy. Keep fighting, Butch. From Alan & everyone at @talkSPORT."
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 ac