Tottenham boss Pochettino: Rochdale deserved Wembley replay

Spurs face uncertain Cup fate after Rochdale revival

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale after he said their pitch "posed a "massive risk" to his players as it was "not in a condition to play football".

Rochdale took the lead just before the break, with Ian Henderson providing the finishing touch to a swift counter-attack from the League One outfit.

However, in scenes that will long live in the memories of Rochdale fans Steve Davies bagged a famous last-gasp equaliser to send his troops to Wembley.

Cannon's harrying skills created the first big chance in the 18th minute when he dispossessed Victor Wanyama and played in Henderson, but the captain could only shoot tamely at Michel Vorm.

West Bromwich Albion's tumultuous week took a final turn for the worse as they were knocked out by Southampton, whose 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns secured the visitors a quarter-final berth for the first time since 2005.

Reality however, is often far different, as Lucas Moura learned while making his first start in English football at none other than Rochdale's Spotland Stadium.

Alli was brought down in the box and Kane stepped up to rifle Tottenham in front from the penalty spot.

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Meanwhile Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy said: "I was on the pitch last [Thursday] night, it's like a snooker table".

Earlier, Romelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to earn Jose Mourinho's side a quarterfinal tie at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. However, he somehow put the ball wide of goal.

Tottenham's new signing Lucas Moura started the game brightly, beating the Dale midfield before brilliantly picking out Heung-min Son.

It will certainly have been Rochdale boss Keith Hill who will have been the happier of the two managers at half-time.

But Pochettino insisted Spurs will not take the lowly opposition lightly.

"After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale's pitch after their (fourth-round) tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition".

When Lucas Moura's leveller was followed by an 88th-minute Harry Kane penalty, the north Londoners appeared to have avoided a replay. Tottenham will be very pleased when they see it.

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