Tottenham Hotspur rout Rochdale 6-1 to reach FA Cup quarters

Tottenham Hotspur rout Rochdale 6-1 to reach FA Cup quarters

Tottenham reached the FA Cup quarter-finals after surviving a scare against League One Rochdale in a fifth-round replay littered with video assistant referee controversies.

Mark Halsey, a former Premier League referee, said Spurs' Erik Lamela had had a "perfectly good goal" disallowed for a minor infringement by Fernando Llorente when Wednesday's game was still goalless.

Referee Paul Tierney gives Tottenham a penalty after the VAR intervened to rule that Matt Done's foul on Kieran Trippier had continued into the area.

A replay showed Vargas may have been just a few centimetres offside, leaving the incident open to debate as regulations for VAR use state the original decision can only be changed if it is "clearly wrong". We hit the post to go 2-1 up.

VAR is being trialled in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, and opinion on its success has been mixed. There have been suggestions VAR could be deployed at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation but Pochettino insisted: "I think football is about to make a mistake".

"I'm not sure that system is going to help", he said.

It's hard to explain because in the worldwide break I scored goals with the same run-up. So this, for me, is unusual. "I hope that eventually they explain it to the supporters". This, for me, is a bit odd. I just feel for Rochdale, some of their players were saying that it is their first time at Wembley and that has now been completely overshadowed.

Six minutes later and a similar combination sent Spurs two goals clear.

"The first half was so hard to maintain the focus because a lot of controversial decisions from the VAR but in the end I'm happy, in the second half we were focused on playing football and then we fully deserved it after the performance". "First half we had a couple of chances, we scored and normally it's 2-0!"

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The duo took time to settle down but once they got their eyes set, they smashed the South African bowlers to all around the park. His power-packed knock, which included six boundaries and three sixes, provided the late impetus to the Indian innings.

It was little surprise that numerous 24,627 fans who braved the cold at the national stadium booed the half-time whistle, with the scores then level at 1-1 thanks to Stephen Humphrys' equaliser. "He is quite rightly carded and the decision is right, albeit unpopular".

Llorente's second-half treble, a double from Son Heung-min and a late effort from Kyle Walker-Peters in driving snow at a freezing Wembley Stadium settled an game where tensions had threatened to bubble over before the break.

On Llorente, he added: "I'm very happy".

"Obviously the decisions took some momentum out of the game but the referee has to make the decision so we have to wait".

"I think today everyone was confused and including the referee". Like in the Lamela goal, which for me wasn't a foul.

Rochdale would rue the miss when Llorente completed his hat-trick in just 12 second-half minutes.

The decisions had little bearing on the game's outcome in the end, as Spurs romped into the quarter-finals courtesy of two goals from Son, a Fernando Llorente hat-trick and a first club goal for Kevin Walker-Peters.

It was a shivery victory in bad conditions, and sends Spurs in to a Cup quarter-final away at Swansea in two weeks' time.

"I knew, and the players knew, but we have to come up with a way to let people in the stadium know what's happening". We're looking forward to going there, winning and going the the semifinal.