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Tottenham end Newport's FA Cup run

Amond has Spurs in his sights for Wembley cup replay

"It's the FA Cup and it's hard", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC.

Pochettino has claimed that it would be "a massive risk" for both teams to play on the pitch, and has called on the Football Association to make an assessment before the match, which is scheduled to take place on February 18.

"I don't know what happened with their pitch but it's true that the picture I have seen shows it's not a pitch in a condition to play football". I'm exhausted of explaining, but football is about 24-25 players, it is about quality of effort, and we are going to rotate because we trust in all the players. It's a big risk to play on a pitch like this, if the picture gave us the accurate state.

"I think he is going to find it easy to recover his real level, or improve because he is more mature and you learn in a tough moment a lot".

If it is like I saw, I think you can not play football on it. "We are going to be very busy in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup but we want to keep this run".

"But not just because we are Tottenham".

"Not because we are Tottenham - Rochdale I think too can not play there".

"And it's a massive risk for their players, too".

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has credited assistant Jesus Perez for helping the club perform strongly during the midway stage of the season. He told me after the game and said he couldn't believe the pitch stood up to what it did.

One option being discussed is to switch the tie to either a neutral stadium or to Tottenham's temporary home at Wembley -- where there is a small army of groundstaff.

He has started to ramp up his game time and turned on the style at Wembley in the FA Cup as his side registered a 2-0 win to go through to the next round of the competition.

However, rain is forecast in east Lancashire every day next week.

On Wednesday night, the former Juventus man had the chance to add to his tally when he came up against League Two opposition Newport County, however, he missed a number of golden opportunities, much to the Spurs faithful's frustration.