Hill hoping for show of belief

17 February 2018 11:35:58 EST

Rochdale boss Keith Hill has challenged his players to rise to the occasion of hosting Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

League One basement side Dale welcome Spurs to Spotland on Sunday, with most observers expecting the Premier League outfit to have too much ability for their hosts.

The players have got to believe, trust themselves and elevate their games.

Keith Hill

However, Hill believes that his side can make life very difficult for the visitors as long as his side are focused and able to deliver a performance at the top end of their range.

He told the club's official website: "The players have got to believe, trust themselves and elevate their games.

"This is a unique opportunity for the players. They've earned it and they should embrace it and not fear it. I just want them to enjoy the test.

"We've got talented players and it's up to those players to play above and beyond their performance levels.

"I do believe that players up and down the Football League pyramid are more than capable of doing that for 90 minutes plus."

Hill also confirmed that striker Calvin Andrew is unlikely to feature as he is still being troubled by an Achilles problem, while Niall Canavan (ankle) and Keith Keane (groin) are definite absentees.

Dale go into the game having conceded just two goals in the FA Cup so far this season, having beaten both Bromley and Slough Town 4-0, before claiming 1-0 victories over Doncaster Rovers and Millwall.

Rochdale can be backed at 10/1 to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup and are 33/1 to win 1-0 on Sunday, with both teams to score available at 6/5.

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