Huddersfield have won their last two league games but face a daunting task against fourth-placed Tottenham, who come into the match on the back of a crushing 6-1 win over third-tier Rochdale on Wednesday in an FA Cup fifth-round replay.
Rochdale earned their FA Cup 5th round replay courtesy a fascinating battle at Spotland in the first tie which ended 2-2 against Tottenham.
Spurs thought they had gone ahead in the eighth minute as Erik Lamela found the back of the net after goalkeeper Josh Lillishad spilled Heung-Min Son's shot, but it was disallowed following a review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Paul: I'd sooner VAR (or the use of it) resulted in a few incorrect decisions rather than suffer an injustice of the magnitude of Lampard's non-goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.
Though referee Tierney's decisions could have been seen as correct, it was the mayhem and chaos that ensued from the constant VAR consultation that proved to be so farcical - as well as the significant amount of time each correction took. The first pull was instigated by McGahey. Yet Tierney still went to VAR to confirm the goal's legality. They will be hoping for an upset against the North London giants, but they have the comfort of playing this match at their temporary home, Wembley, where they have been spectacular all season. We feel and think it'll be tough because other teams, important clubs, with very good players can fight with us too.
Another controversial VAR moment reared its invisible head.
Spurs had a goal disallowed, a penalty awarded, and a penalty controversially disallowed through the use of VAR, with five additional minutes in stoppage time, and Pochettino is concerned the weird circumstances and confusion could kill the spontaneity and emotion in the game. The adjudication process, even though this particular decision favoured Spurs, is downright absurd. "I was totally immersed in it, the first half felt like it was 10 minutes long". There is a delay before VAR decides the offence continued into the penalty area.
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"Where someone could be offside by a kneecap - that no one would usually question or debate but become the reason why a team wins or loses".
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino sympathised with Tierney, but said the first half was "embarrassing". "In my opinion there is a lot of work to do". On that front; those that didn't get many or any minutes in the 0-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday will be fresh for this.
"How I understand football is trying to help the referees".
Technology is supposed to improve the overall on-field product, eradicating completely human error.
Rochdale showed numerous positive hallmarks of the Spotland draw, although denying Spurs the time and space to hurt them in the final third proved a challenge too far.
VAR is a buzzkill, continually showing up to the party uninvited.