|COMPETITION||FA Cup Fifth Round|
|DATE||Sunday 18th February 2018|
|VENUE||Crown Oil Arena|
2. Joe RAFFERTY
3. Kgosi HTLHE
4. Jimmy McNULTY
5. Niall CANAVAN
6. Harrison McGAHEY
7. Stephen HUMPHRYS
8. Reece BROWN
9. Calvin ANDREW
10. Callum CAMPS
12. Scott WISEMAN
14. Oliver RATHBONE
15. Joe THOMPSON
16. Matt DONE
17. Brad INMAN
18. Keith KEANE
19. Steven DAVIS
21. Ryan DELANEY
22. Brendan MOORE
23. Steve COLLIS
25. Daniel ADSHEAD
27. Andy CANNON
28. Aaron MORLEY
30. Billy KNOTT
31. Sam HART
32. Mark KITCHING
33. Mihai DOBRE
36. Matty GILLAM
40. Ian HENDERSON
This sort of tie is what the FA Cup is all about. David v
Goliath. Favourite v Giant-killer. Top dog v Minnow.
All the cliches come out to encompass the emotion that the
competition brings out when a big club is drawn against a little
'un. And the stories that come out of a game between two such
disparate sides can sway neutral's support. Rochdale have a
double cancer survivor and a teenager, who will be back at school at
nine o'clock Monday morning.
Of course, there is the other side, with Premier League players having to muck it in the cramped changing rooms with only cold water and the state of the pitch, but we have been through the latter and the vast strand of yellow sand that Millwall were knocked out on has been replaced with greensward, but how it has knitted, we will find out on Sunday. Some players will not have experienced the lower leagues and for Lucas Moura and others, it will be a shock to their system after recent games at Wembley and Juventus. However, Harry Kane will be used to it having made his debut at Spotland, even though the members of the home club's staff who were involved that day for the visit of Leyton Orient (where he was on loan) claim not to remember it.
Rochdale may see this is their biggest day as a club for a number of years, but sitting in a precarious position in League One, they have split ambitions. With veteran striker Calvin Andrew (formerly once of Crystal Palace) out injured and a number of their loan players already cup-tied, Keith Hill has a considerably reduced squad to pick from. There are not many household names in the Rochdale team, but Ian Henderson scores a lot of goals for them and Matt Done is accustomed top popping up in the right place at the right time to join him on the score-sheet, but this has been a tougher ask for the Dale this season. Bottom of League One, Rochdale have scored only 29 goals in 28 games and have won as many games in the FA Cup as they have in the League this season (five). However, in the FA Cup, they have scored twelve goals and only let in two, but their opposition has been Bromley (home 4-0), Slough Town (away 4-0), Doncaster Rovers (away 1-0) and then Millwall (away 2-2, replay at home 1-0).
The home side will play a direct game, using the width of the pitch to get balls into the box, where there will be a presence to challenge for them. If Tottenham can get their passing game going, the effort Rochdale will have to put into defending that style may well wear them down in the latter stages. A heavy pitch might well have taken a tougher toll on all the players involved, but with the new grass laid, it is supposed to be a fine playing surface and we will find out who it suits most..
When Cup ties like this are thrown together, the pitch is often the leveller when played on a tight heavy surface, but the newly laid Spotland turf might reduce the effect on Spurs, who must approach the game as professionally as they have done those over the last two weeks and I am sure Mauricio Pochettino will have them well prepared. Even though it might not be a first choice Xi who start, those selected should still be good enough to win, but as we saw at Newport, that doesn't always go to plan. Rochdale have nothing to lose and can have a go, but Spurs must be ruthless and clinical to ensure they don't go 0-2 down here, as it could be tougher than Juventus to come back.
Poch will have enough on the
bench should the team he picks be unable to break Rochdale down, but
I expect the tie to go our way and give the star names a bit of a
|PREDICTION||Rochdale 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4|
ROCHDALE TEAM NEWS :
Calvin Andrew (Achilles tendon) has been ruled out of the match against Spurs, with loanees Scott Wiseman, Alex Dobre, Billy Knott and Sam Hart all cup-tied.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
A number of players will be rested for the game, but Toby Alderweireld, Michel Vorm and Lucas Moura could start alongside Fernando Llorente and Moussa Sissoko.
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FA Cup Fifth Round
Sunday 18th February 2018
Crown Oil Arena
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (0)
Kick off 16:00
Henderson 44m 22s
Davies 90+2m 37s
Moura 58m 58s
Kane (p) 87m 49s
Rafferty (foul on Rose) 73
Rathbone (foul on Rose) 85
McGahey (foul on Dele) 88
Alderweireld (foul on Humphrys) 64
|Crowd : 8,480||Weather : dry, chilly|
|Referee : Robert Madley (Wakefield)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Bennett; Mrs. S. Massey-Ellis|
|Fourth Official : Stephen Martin|
|Rochdale kicked off and played towards the Pearl Stand in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
|Rochdale :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Oliver RATHBONE 81 )
27 Andy CANNON
18 Fernando LLORENTE (10 Harry KANE (p) 76)
|Manager : Keith Hill||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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In a typical cup-tie, it was the underdogs who had their day, coming back with a last minute equaliser to take the tie to a replay at Wembley, although they had led the game until Spurs hit back with two second half goals. The much criticised pitch had been re-laid and played well, although some Spurs players had trouble keeping their feet, as it cut up from the start, but the level of performance was below what Pochettino would have expected and they were made to pay by Rochdale's willingness to keep going until the end.
Poch had changed all eleven
starters from the Juventus game, saying that they are mostly
internationals, so should be able to cope with the demands of a game
at Rochdale. At the very start of the game there were a couple
of unsure touches by Spurs players on the new Rochdale pitch which
looked fantastic, but Lucas Moura showed a good touch, as he
sprinted away after winning the ball and almost set up a chance for
Son, whose touch just allowed a defender to clear the ball.
The Heathrow Spur
Tottenham's draw was the first time in the club's history they have drawn five successive away games (in all competitions).
Harry Kane's penalty was the
club's 450th since they started playing.
Rochdale's ground Spotland
was originally called Gracie Fields.
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|Other scores in this round :|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||3||Coventry City||1||Saturday|
|Huddersfield Town||0||Manchester United||2||Saturday|
|Leicester City||1||Sheffield United||0||Friday|
|Sheffield Wednesday||0||Swansea City||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||1||Southampton||2||Saturday|
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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