FA Cup 'magic' no surprise to Pochettino after Rochdale thriller

by Steven Clarke February 21, 2018, 0:34
FA Cup 'magic' no surprise to Pochettino after Rochdale thriller

"In the first half it was very disappointing that we conceded a goal in the last moment".

Paying tribute to manager Keith Hill, the Corkman added.

Hill was not prepared to wade into the debate over Alli winning penalties, with the Dale boss saying: "I have not seen it again but I'm led to believe he is looking for it (but) we get too involved in controversy".

Spurs still have some way to go before the issue becomes a reality.

Rochdale will now take on Spurs in the replay at Wembley on 28 February, a game which Barry believes will be a massive occasion for his club and their players.

The goal was Henderson's seventh in the Emirates FA Cup for Rochdale this season.

Moura, making his first start for Tottenham, lifted the ball over goalkeeper Josh Lillis after a clever series of passes from the visiting team.

Their side, bottom of League One, do not have much in common with Italian giants Juventus, and even the nearby Pennines are modest undulations compared to the mighty Alps, but they will never forget the week they shared the same 2-2 scoreline against Tottenham.

Referee Bobby Madley pointed to the spot after Alli went down inside the penalty area under pressure from Harrison McGahey's challenge.

Tottenham will play at Wembley if they reach the FA Cup semi-finals, Sky Sports News understands.

"It was sacrificial behaviour at times, and going 1-0 up we nearly lit the bomb and knew what would come".

"Then for us to get that late equaliser - wow - that was raw emotion, not just from me, but from the players, staff and supporters". We have another opportunity at Wembley, the same situation like before.

Chelsea face Leicester in the quarter-final but "have no problem on this occasion", possibly owing to the likelihood of them playing at Wembley when Stamford Bridge undergoes similar works to the ones keeping Tottenham out of White Hart Lane.

Pochettino said Rochdale's performance came as no shock.

'I'm a Liverpool fan and Eric Cantona shattered my day when he scored the volley from the edge of the box that day, ' Henderson said.

'I think we showed the beauty and magic of the FA Cup then you have to dare to dream'. "The motivation is always massive".

Manchester United had kicked off the fifth round with a routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town to the delight of football bettors, while that result was Kindred's biggest loss of the entire weekend. Southampton defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 while second-tier Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0 with Swansea.


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