Pochettino relieved Tottenham get second chance to beat Rochdale

Pochettino stresses importance of Rochdale FA Cup match

Rochdale scored a dramatic late equaliser to take the fifth-round tie to a replay. Putting on another dominant display in the Champions League, Pochettino's side are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions and will look to carry on their fine run of form against a Rochdale side who now sit bottom of League One. "It was a test, but why not take..."

The visitors started with an entirely different XI to the one that fought back from two goals down to draw at Juventus, but 10 senior internationals were fielded, with Mauricio Pochettino perhaps wary of a replay after Newport County took his team to a second contest in the previous round.

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

The FA will resist pressure to switch an FA Cup semi-final involving Tottenham Hotspur away from Wembley despite growing opposition from some clubs left in the competition to Spurs effectively being granted a home fixture.

It was no more than Rochdale deserved when Ian Henderson capped a sweeping move on the stroke of halftime with a low shot from 12m to score his sixth goal in as many FA Cup matches this season.

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"I was not surprised".

"It's too hard for a player when we don't play".

"We are not complaining because they deserved to go and play at Wembley".

"Wembley is a reward for the players' efforts".

We could go on to pull apart the poor defensive work from Spurs.

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"We have all the squad fit and it will be another game to provide players with the chance to compete on Wembley and we have the possibility to reach the quarter finals".

Roberts has urged fans not to get on the team's backs and simply accept these kind of results will happen occasionally, reflecting on their unbeaten run this month continuing. Should Pep Guardiola's men avoid a repeat of the Latics' shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the quarter-finals. "The FA Cup is magic. Tottenham dominated in the second half and brought the big boys on to change the game and we thought that was it but what credit to Rochdale".

The Times have also reported that the FA are considering the matter closed after the issue was discussed past year at a board meeting where the leading Premier League clubs were represented.

Describing his performance on the BBC, former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy said: "He's electric isn't he?"

"The pitch was good, very good", he said.

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