Tottenham at Rochdale: 5 Spurs issues to watch

Hope Soto
February 19, 2018

Mason revealed this week that he had "no option" but to retire, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already said that the door is open for him to join the club's coaching staff. Referee Bobby Madley turned down handball appeals against Toby Alderweireld.

Ian Henderson put the Dale ahead moments before half-time, finishing off a brilliant move from the home side.

Tottenham, meanwhile, failed to hold on to their lead as Rochdale netted a last-gasp equaliser through Steve Davies.

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.

Spurs looked for an early opener after Lucas Moura tried to play in Fernando Llorente, but the defence marshalled by Harrison McGahey cancelled the purported attempt.

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.

But Pochettino insisted for all Spurs' recent wins over Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as their hugely creditable draw in Turin, there was no question of them taking Rochdale lightly.

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The controversy leading to the game revolved around Pochettino's comments on the state of Rochdale's pitch.

But it's not just the league where Kane shines, as the former Norwich loanee is more than hitting his stride in the FA Cup, too, adding another from the spot against Rochdale.

He dilly-dallied twice before eventually firing wide with an inviting goal at his mercy on the 25th minute mark.

Tottenham's new signing Lucas Moura started the game brightly, beating the Dale midfield before brilliantly picking out Heung-min Son. When his side fell behind he switched from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 - a shift that produced an equaliser - and all three of his substitutes played a part in Spurs' second goal.

Harry Kane scored with just eight minutes remaining to salvage a draw against Newport before the north London side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory against the League Two side at Wembley.

Yet the League One strugglers were not to be beaten and their heads did not drop as they battled until the very last second to earn themselves an emphatic draw.

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