Tottenham boss Pochettino: Rochdale deserved Wembley replay

  • Tottenham boss Pochettino: Rochdale deserved Wembley replay

Tottenham boss Pochettino: Rochdale deserved Wembley replay

Pochettino likes to play several members of his first team in the cup with a mix of youth and reserves which means we are likely to see at least one of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son play on Sunday.

But Rochdale refused to give in and secured a richly deserved replay at Wembley as Steven Davies swept into the bottom-right corner in the third minute of stoppage time.

Pochettino criticised the state of the pitch before League One basement club Rochdale spent an estimated £500,000 (S$920,208) improving the quality of their turf for the visit of the Premier League side.

It will be Tottenham's second successive replay after they had to settle for a draw in their fourth-round tie with League Two Newport County, who they defeated 2-0 at the second time of asking.

"Because we trust in his talent and want him to play and feel free to play".

During and after the game, Spurs fans took to Twitter to hail Moura's display, suggesting that he was the best player on the park and one of the few players to come out of the game with any credit, even adding that he has already repaid his transfer fee more than Fernando Llorente has.

"We can't wait to go to Wembley".

Dunphy estimates Rochdale will make between £350-400,000 from the game, which is the first sell-out anyone can remember.

Tottenham continue their FA Cup journey this season with a match at League 1 Rochdale.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, tried to play down the inconvenience of an unscheduled extra game for his side, still involved in the Champions League and in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League. This competition is completely differently.

"We have all the squad fit and it's good to provide all the players with the possibility to play".

"I think for everyone, for me, that is hard to assess because everyone was watching a Premier League team against a League One team, but it is not like this".

"I knew we'd always have an opportunity, there's always a chance when the ball comes into the box, especially with Steveo on, he's an unbelievable finisher".