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Dale's FA Cup Journey So Far

16 February 2018

This season has seen Dale reach the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup for only the third time in the club’s history.

Ahead of Sunday’s tie against Tottenham Hotspur at the Crown Oil Arena, we take a look at how Keith Hill’s men equalled the club’s furthest ever cup runs.

 

ROUND ONE – Dale 4-0 Bromley

Dale cruised into the second round with a convincing win over National League side Bromley at the Crown Oil Arena.

Goals from Bradden Inman and Ian Henderson put Dale 2-0 ahead at the break, before the same players scored the other side of the interval to complete the scoring.

 

ROUND TWO – Slough Town 0-4 Dale

BT Sport broadcast Dale’s second round tie against Slough Town at Arbour Park live, but Dale quashed any hopes of an upset from the Southern Premier Division side with another 4-0 win.

Calvin Andrew opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, before second-half goals from Callum Camps, Ian Henderson and Matty Done sealed a tie away to Doncaster Rovers in the third round.

 

ROUND THREE – Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Dale

Dale advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the fourth time in five seasons with a hard-fought victory at fellow League One side Doncaster Rovers.

Calvin Andrew’s 18th minute header was the deciding goal in a tight encounter, in which 16-year-old Daniel Adshead started.

 

ROUND FOUR – Millwall 2-2 Dale

Keith Hill’s side’s reward for reaching the fourth round was a tricky tie away to Championship side Millwall, and they came so close to causing an upset.

Jed Wallace’s penalty put the home side ahead, but Dale turned the tie around with goals from Ian Henderson and Matty Done.

However, Ben Thompson’s 90th minute leveller meant Dale would have to settle for a replay back at the Crown Oil Arena.

 

ROUND FOUR REPLAY – Dale 1-0 Millwall

With the carrot of a fifth-round tie at home to Tottenham Hotspur – or Newport County at the time – a lot rest on the fourth round replay.

Dale were again more than a match for their Championship opponents, and Ian Henderson’s strike set up Sunday’s fifth round tie against Premier League giants Spurs.


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