Rochdale manager Keith Hill feels a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup fifth round replay is a suitable reward for his ‘magnificent’ players.
Substitute Steve Davies struck deep in stoppage time at Spotland to secure a 2-2 draw for League One basement side Dale, allowing them to look forward to a high-profile and potentially lucrative trip to Wembley.
We got what we felt was a deserved equaliser.
And Hill believes the replay is just reward for a positive performance from his side against a Spurs outfit showing 11 changes to the side who drew 2-2 at Juventus in the Champions League.
“We’ll see the replay as an opportunity I think the opposition will see it as a headache. It’s all on their terms now, but we’ll go to Wembley and have a go.
“It was a feeling of reward (when Davies scored), not relief, because the performance deserved at least the opportunity for us to go to Wembley for a replay.
“I’ve always wanted to do that against a Premier League team and manager. Why not take them on and try to win?
“It could have been football suicide, but I thought we gained their respect and to score the goal we did was tremendous. The players were magnificent.”
Dale get their second bit of the cherry on Wednesday 28th February, with Tottenham 1/8 to win the game in 90 minutes and 5/1 to do so by a 3-0 scoreline and 1/2 to keep a clean sheet.