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Sluggish Spurs Set For FA Cup Replay With League One Side

Following a  pulsating 2-2 draw with Rochdale at Spotland, Tottenham is set for another round of FA Cup reply in Wembley.

Steve Davies ‘ brilliant injury-time finish secured Rochdale after firing past Michel Vorm at the far post to cap an excellent performance from the League One side which saw them take the lead just before the break before fighting back following Spurs’ second-half recovery.

Ian Henderson (45) gave the hosts a deserved lead, slotting home after a slick counter-attack having earlier missed two fine chances.

Dale had earlier taken the lead when Ian Henderson finished a counter-attack on the stroke of half-time to score his sixth goal in the competition this season.

After a poor first-half display, Tottenham found some rhythm and equalised just before the hour mark through January signing Lucas Moura.

When Harrison McGahey felled Dele Alli inside the penalty area, Kane made no mistake with the spot-kick to score his 34th goal of the season.

But Dale forced a replay at Wembley when substitute Davies swept home from 12 yards.

“We can’t wait to go to Wembley,” said Henderson. “We always felt we had an opportunity. Stevo is an unbelievable finisher and we deserved that.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I can say I’ve played there – if I’m fit and picked.”

Tottenham made 11 changes from the side that fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League, but the team named by Pochettino still boasted plenty of quality and experience.

Spurs, who had not lost to a team from the third tier or below since 1988, were given a fright in the previous round by Newport before reaching the fifth round via a Wembley replay.

Tottenham resume their efforts to finish in the Premier League’s top four on Monday, 26 February when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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