Despite concerns that it would be cancelled due to blistering weather conditions, Spurs hosted Rochdale at their adopted Wembley Stadium in an FA Cup fifth round replay on Wednesday night.
The north Londoners were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Spotland just a few weeks ago. On that night, the home side played out of their skin to earn the replay through Steve Davies' injury time equaliser as Spurs watched on bemused.
Rochdale manager Keith Hill
The home side had looked a little shaky in the opening minutes, but the early action had settled them down a bit and Rochdale looked to be on the back foot with over 80 minutes still to play.
Spurs looked eager to get inside for the half-time break due to some high intensity pressure from the Dale which culminated through a thunderous strike from Andrew Cannon, beating Vorm but not the goalpost.
Llorente settled the Spurs fans' nerves moments after the second half got underway with a cool chip over the Rochdale keeper, after keeping himself onside and out of the grasp of the VAR referee, leaving the home support to lavish the expected ironic cheers.
For the first time in both fixtures Spurs could finally look to the next round with real promise after Llorente got his second of the night and Tottenham's third. The attacking three of Lucas Moura, Son and Llorente showed their class with some cool one-touch passing towards the Rochdale goal, resulting in a calm toe-poked finish from the ex-Swansea striker.
Things looked well and truly over for Rochdale when Llorente made it four, collecting his first hat-trick for his new side. The visitors just couldn't get a tackle in as numerous Spurs players tapped the ball around a compressed Rochdale defence - the goal looked inevitable and eventually came after Llorente hungrily snuffed out a looped cross with his head, just a few yards out.
The goals kept coming for Spurs when Moura, who had now been very effective in his midfield role, found Lamela with a defence-splitting pass and with a few options in front of him. Lamela looked up with composure and found Son in acres of space and once again on the night, a Spurs attacker couldn't miss.
Walker-Peters capped off the evening,
The game largely calmed down towards the dying minutes as Spurs used their heavy lead to control the tempo of the game. Rochdale's fairytale had came to an end but the League One side go home with much pride having fought hard over the two fixtures.
The north London trophy-seekers now face Premier League counterparts, Swansea, in the next round.
TEAM NEWS | Here's how we'll line-up this evening...— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 28, 2018
1⃣ Josh Lillis
2⃣ Joe Rafferty
4⃣ Jimmy McNulty
6⃣ Harrison McGahey
7⃣ Stephen Humphrys
1⃣0⃣ Callum Camps
1⃣6⃣ Matty Done
2⃣1⃣ Ryan Delaney
2⃣7⃣ Andy Cannon
3⃣2⃣ Mark Kitching
4⃣0⃣ Ian Henderson#RAFC