Be brave when we face Spurs at Wembley Hill tells his players

Yellow Sports Brian Jeeves reporting from Wembley Stadium

It was a game of two halves, but with a twist.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill is expected to name the same side that drew 2-2 in the first match at Spotland in the 5th Round.

After the game Mauricio Pochettino bore the demeanour of a parent disappointed by a child at a school function.

He said: "There is a lot of work needed with VAR".

"It's not my decision, but of course that first half was a little bit embarrassing for all the people that love football to watch this spectacle", Pochettino told reporters ahead of Saturday's home game against Huddersfield Town. I think to lose some fluency is worth it to get more of the decisions right.

The two minutes Pochettino was referring to began in the sixth minute. We feel and think it'll be tough because other teams, important clubs, with very good players can fight with us too.

Tottenham's frustration then turned to dismay as Rochdale equalised, Humphrys controlling Andrew Cannon's pass over the top and taking the ball past keeper Michel Vorm before slotting home. He began a nonchalant trot to the corner flag in celebration, only for referee Paul Tierney to immediately blow his whistle. A hush descended and a wait began.

Admittedly, the Spaniard tugged slightly on Harrison McGahey's shirt, but only after being assaulted himself.

After struggling with the visitors high-pressing game, they finally took the lead when Son Heung-Min cut inside before slotting past Josh Lillis after 23 minutes. Normal service appeared to have been resumed and three minutes later Kieran Trippier won a free-kick off Matt Done on the edge of the Rochdale box. The referee had his hand to his ear again.

It nearly got worse for the League One strugglers as they watched Lamela's free-kick come off the upright. The foul was a penalty.

So it was only in keeping with the tone of slapstick when Son, having paused during his run-up, had his successful penalty disallowed and was booked for his troubles. Tierney called it right. In first-half added time, the pair almost combined again, but this time Cannon put Humphrys' pass on to a post.

With the snow now falling heavily Son added the fifth, and his second, after he was played in by Lamela. Every time a goal is scored it is automatically checked.

It ruined what should have been a memorable evening for Rochdale at Wembley, according to the England worldwide, and it annoyed the players on the pitch. "We are professional and when we take a decision, it's because we have assessed and analysed, we have thought 100 times to try to take the best decision for the team and for the player". "Of course it was hard for him to adapt, and I hope the hat-trick makes him feel more free, more natural, to become an important player, until the end of the season". It's very exciting times for us now, with the Champions League [round-of-16 second leg against Juventus] coming up.

The whole idea of the winter break is surely aimed nearly entirely at pleasing the most powerful elite clubs, who tend to have Champions League matches and later rounds of the FA Cup to play.


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