Predicted Spurs XI to face Newport County in the FA Cup

Predicted Spurs XI to face Newport County in the FA Cup

Rochdale's pitch is a "massive risk" to players and the Football Association must "take a decision" before Tottenham visit in the FA Cup next weekend, says Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Despite the overriding importance of the Premier League, Tottenham was clearly grateful for a second bite of the cherry after Harry Kane's late equaliser had saved their blushes during the original tie.

With that said, here are three winners and three losers from tonight's game.

Asked about the 25-year old, who scored his first goal since September 2016, Pochettino said: "It's important, it's a very good feeling for him and he is an important player".

Pochettino was asked whether he was anxious about potential injuries to his players. Llorente fed Moussa Sissoko out wide and his low cross was diverted in by Butler at the near post.

Now Pochettino's team travel to Rochdale in two weeks' time as Spurs seek to end what has been a 27-year wait to lift the FA Cup.

Rochdale's pitch has been described as the "worst in the England" and it will be in be interesting to see Tottenham Hotspurs locking horns with lower tier team come February 18.

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Newport almost delivered the shock of the fourth round with an improbable victory over Tottenham in the match at Rodney Parade.

The south Wales club held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at home 10 days ago but were outclassed in the replay at Wembley Stadium. Sissoko was looking to play it into the danger zone when Butler's intervention handed Tottenham the early advantage. I think it is about providing a safe place to play for the players.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld is hopeful of playing in the north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

But after Butler's own goal and Lamela doubling the lead, it was plain sailing for Spurs.

Dele Alli then spurned another great chance, hitting the bar with a heavy final touch from a flawless Christian Eriksen setup. Soon after, Llorente was wayward again, sending a crisp volley the wrong side of an upright, Eriksen again the architect with an exquisite diagonal cross.

Michel Vorm was also singled out for not coming for crosses, and the Dutch goalkeeper was stuck on his line from such a ball when Padraig Amond put County ahead in the first half.

Since the two sides met, the Exiles have lost both of their games leading up to this encounter.