Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said
it was tough going in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Rochdale in the FA Cup fifth
Ian Henderson put the Dale ahead just
before the break, but Lucas Moura pulled Spurs level in the second half and
Harry Kane gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 88th minute, only
for Steve Davies to force a replay in the 93rd minute.
"It's good news that we are going to
play a replay at Wembley," Pochettino said after being held by the club at
the bottom of the League Two standings.
"It was a difficult game, just like it
was at Newport. This type of game is so difficult and we have to be careful how
we assess the performance. It's the magic of the competition.
"We gave our best and tried to win but
I repeat, it's not easy to compete in these circumstances.
"In the first half it was very
disappointing that we conceded a goal in the last moment. It wasn't a bad
performance but we conceded.
"In the second half we increased our
level and I think we deserved it, but that is football. We're still alive in
the competition and that's most important."
Spurs will now host the underdogs at
Wembley for the replay next week Wednesday.