Rochdale’s famous Spurs tie highlights why Portsmouth must be wary in FA Cup

Rochdale's Steve Davies, left, celebrates scoring to earn a 2-2 draw against Spurs in the FA Cup. Picture: PA
Rochdale's Steve Davies, left, celebrates scoring to earn a 2-2 draw against Spurs in the FA Cup. Picture: PA
0
Have your say

Joe Gallen has warned not to expect an easy FA Cup progression after Pompey were handed a trip to Rochdale in the second round.

Many people will have the Blues as strong favourites to win the tie.

Kenny Jackett’s team are flying high at the top of League One while Rochdale are currently 16th.

Pompey won there comfortably 3-1 in September as well with a very accomplished away performance.

But Rochdale managed to earn a replay with a dramatic 2-2 draw against Spurs in the fifth round of the competition last season.

That meant they went to Wembley for a replay where they were heavily beaten 6-1 but it was a big occasion for the club.

It shows the danger of the tie for Pompey, especially with the carrot for both teams of a potential big third round draw now only one win away.

Blues assistant boss Gallen said: ‘Rochdale ended up playing Spurs at Wembley.

‘They were on the television in the match against Spurs at home and they got the replay.

‘It will be a tough game ahead for us. We’ll both be looking to try to win on the day.

‘At this stage it’s almost irrelevant who you play.

‘Every team wants to get through to the third round and get that big tie.’

Rochdale will be looking to use the Cup to get some momentum into their season.

But for Pompey it is a case of keeping the form going and the feel-good factor as they chase the League One title and a good run in the Cup.