Steve Davies’ dramatic injury-time equaliser earned League One Rochdale an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Tottenham.

Harry Kane’s 88th-minute penalty looked to have secured the Premier League club’s place in the quarter-finals, but Davies fired home in the third minute of added time.

Dale had earlier taken the lead when Ian Henderson finished a counter-attack on the stroke of half-time to score his sixth goal in the competition this season.

After a poor first-half display, Tottenham found some rhythm and equalised just before the hour mark through January signing Lucas Moura.

When Harrison McGahey felled Dele Alli inside the penalty area, Kane made no mistake with the spot-kick to score his 34th goal of the season.

But Dale forced a replay at Wembley when substitute Davies swept home from 12 yards.

“We can’t wait to go to Wembley,” said Henderson. “We always felt we had an opportunity. Stevo is an unbelievable finisher and we deserved that.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing at Wembley and now I can say I’ve played there – if I’m fit and picked.”

Much had been made of the Crown Oil Arena pitch, which Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had said posed a “massive risk” to players before it was relaid.

Dale beat Millwall on a muddy and heavily sanded surface in the previous round, but the slicker surface suited their passing style.

Manager Keith Hill was dressed casually, and his players mirrored that approach with a relaxed and confident first-half display which belied the 63 places between the sides.

Dale pressed hard and were aggressive, the tone set by McGahey’s crunching challenge on Harry Winks before they took a deserved lead.

Winks was caught in possession in the Rochdale half by Mark Kitching. He released Stephen Humphrys, who in turn fed the ball to Andrew Cannon. Dale captain Henderson had already squandered two chances, but when Cannon slid the ball in to his path, he netted confidently.

Spurs found their feet, and the goals from Moura and Kane looked to be enough to secure a meeting with either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City in the quarter-finals.

But Hill’s men showed their never-say-die attitude, earning a deserved replay thanks to a fine finish from striker Davies.




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