Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

'This is every kid's dream' - Rochdale hero Davies overjoyed with Spurs draw

'This is every kid's dream' - Rochdale hero Davies overjoyed with Spurs draw

Rochdale's relaid pitch is like a "snooker table" ahead of their FA Cup clash with Tottenham, according to chairman Chris Dunphy.

Incidentally, Harry Kane made his professional debut at the Spotland Stadium in 2011 while on loan at Leyton Orient, and holds a formidable record in this competition, scoring seven in his last five. We can not wait to go to Wembley to play them.

Tottenham's team still brimmed with internationals, with Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks all involved as well as Spanish striker Fernando Llorente up front in place of the rested Kane.

There is a fair chance that Ian Henderson is the only player in the fifth round of the FA Cup who has been asked to smear himself in the blood of a ritually slaughtered goat at the start of the first training session of a football season.

There was a final twist, though, as Matt Done swung in a cross from the left and when the ball glanced off Alderweireld it fell to Davies who took a touch before shooting home. A fairytale ending, and thoroughly deserved.This was the FA Cup in all its majesty.

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Several themes plagued last year's race that included pit road speeding violations, tire issues and gas mileage. Elliott is still seeking his first points victory in the Cup Series after five runner-up finishes last season.

First of all Pochettino's men must win against the Dale and then watch on with interest when Wednesday and City play a replay in Wales on February 27 after drawing 0-0 at Hillsborough earlier today.

The ties will be played between March 16 and 19. "We have another opportunity at Wembley, the same situation like before", Pochettino told BBC Sport after the game.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill added: "We had to do it our way and we did".

However, incredibly Rochdale came back from the dead with a late, late equaliser to send the game into a replay.

The winner of this tie will face the victor of Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea.

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