Veteran striker Steve Davies’ injury-time finish forced an FA Cup replay with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, following a gripping 2-2 draw at the Crown Oil Arena.
The match started with Rochdale enjoying some good, early possession with Matt Done and Mark Kitching standing out from the first whistle.
Spurs’ new signing, Lucas Moura, quickly demonstrated his frightening pace, making him an obvious danger to Rochdale. Son Heung-Min also created several early openings but failed to find the net.
The first big chance came in the 18th minute, as Victor Wanyama was dispossessed by Andy Cannon. The defender then played in Ian Henderson, but the captain was unable to convert the opportunity.
Eight minutes later saw a golden a golden opportunity fall to Son as he attempted a low driven shot. ‘Keeper Josh Lillis was unable to hold the shot as the ball came back to the South Korean international who managed to find Fernando Llorente, but the ex Spanish international dragged his shot wide.
Just when both teams looked content to be going into half-time level, Rochdale soaked up some late pressure from Spurs and burst forward on the counter attack. Stephen Humphry played in Cannon and he timed his pass to Henderson to perfection, leaving the striker to sweep home a cool finish beyond Michael Vorm, ensuring that the hosts left their fans dreaming of an FA Cup shock, going into half-time 1-0 ahead.
Rochdale started the second half in a confident manner and it took 14 minutes until Tottenham equalised. Moussa Sissoko found Moura with an accurate through ball, and the Brazilian confidently beat Lillis from 12 yards.
The pressure on Rochdale’s goal began to build, as England striker Harry Kane was introduced into the match. Immediately after this change, Wanyama had a golden chance to put the visitors ahead, but he fired over from five yards out.
The match looked to be heading towards a money-spinning Wembley replay for Rochdale, but minutes before the final Tottenham were awarded a penalty after Dele Alli was too quick for Harrison McGahey, who brought him down. Substitute Kane put the penalty away, giving spurs a 2-1 lead.
Just as it seemed almost certain that Tottenham would be in the hat for round six, Rochdale grabbed a late goal. A cross from the left was not dealt with by Toby Alderweireld, and former Blackpool Davies was on hand to lash home and sent Spotland into ecstasy.
The match ended 2-2 earning Dale a money-spinning replay at Wembley.