Spurs 6 Rochdale 1
There was something in the air that night The stars were bright, Fernando
One of the most heartening things about the culture that Poch has created is the genuine enjoyment that our players get from each other’s successes. Everyone knows Llorente has been struggling for form, touch and goals. He’s been scrabbling for minutes in mostly makeshift selections backing up the world’s number one striker.
As he swatted in a perfect hattrick inside 12 minutes last night the delight of his teammates was palpable. The bright smiles as the weight visibly lifted from his big shoulders were as white as the falling snow.
Much was made in the media of the VAR controversies (Lamela’s goal ruled out, Trippier given a penalty, Son’s subsequent penalty disallowed) but, in the second half, Rochdale shipped 5 goals to nil as the likes of Moura, Son and Lamela buzzed through and round them.
In truth, there’s little more to be said. It was a cold, snowy night and kudos to both sets of fans who made it to Wembley. After a 2-2 draw at Spotland this replay result should have been 7 or 8-1. Son was back in the goals with a brace and Kyle W-P got his first Spurs goal, always a lovely moment for a young player.
We march on to a Quarter Final in Swansea.
They were shining there for you and me For Liberty, Fernando