Mauricio Pochettino "not surprised" by Rochdale display against Tottenham Hotspur

The Spotland pitch before it was relaid

The Spotland pitch before it was relaid Credit GETTY IMAGES

Third-tier English club Rochdale forced Tottenham Hotspur to a replay in the FA Cup after they played out a 2-2 draw in the fifth round of the competition on Sunday.

Spurs looked to have escaped with a win when Harry Kane buried an 88th-minute penalty after Lucas Moura scored on his full debut to cancel out Rochdale captain Ian Henderson's opener.

Seeking a victor Mauricio Pochettino brought on his big guns with Erik Lamela, Dele Alli and Harry Kane coming off the bench. We conceded two chances, one and the second they scored. But in the end, we have another possibility. "We played some incredible football against Spurs".

Tottenham came out in the second half looking to save their blushes for the second time in two rounds. It's so hard to explain, to judge, to analyse, the Argentine continued. One of the most financially-stretched clubs in England stretched a team that had competed in the Champions League in midweek to the limit.

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"I don't think we were used to the pitch", explained Hill. We deserved that today.

That last gasp goal has earned League One Rochdale a trip to Wembley, and you could see how much it meant from the celebrations.

"They say it's every kid's dream (to play at Wembley) and we have done enough to go there", Davies told the BBC, before saying of his equaliser: "I've done my job, it's dropped to me and I've finished it".

"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".

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