The HotspurHQ survey to review the 2013-14 season, chose Spurs win over Manchester United at Old Trafford as the best Tottenham match of last season.
The ten questions in HotspurHQ’s Tottenham end of season survey 2013-14 enabled you to give your views on a number of issues concerning the players, the team and the managers.
Q. 4: What was the Best Tottenham Match?
In response to this question HotspurHQ readers nominated 12 of Spurs 54 games as a potential winner as the best Tottenham match of the season. Interestingly all of the games mentioned, bar three, came during Tim Sherwood’s time as manager. Of the 3 matches from the first half of the season under Andre Villas-Boas, each received only one vote. They were:
- the home win over Norwich City when Christian Eriksen made an impressive debut
- the home draw with Chelsea when Spurs dominated the first half and should have been more than one goal up at the interval
- the 2 – 2 draw with Manchester United at White Hart Lane when Spurs were ahead on two occasions through goals from Kyle Walker and the goal of the season by Sandro
The Best Tottenham Match
Win at Old Trafford
On New Year’s Day 2014 Tottenham recorded their second successive league win at Old Trafford. Having broken the jinx under AVB in 2012-13, Tim Sherwood’s team managed to increase the pressure on David Moyes with a thoroughly deserved win. This match received 36% of the votes with Spurs taking a first half lead through a header from Emmanuel Adebayor following a cross by Christian Eriksen. They increased their advantage with a brave header by Eriksen who got to a ball played in by Aaron Lennon before the defender. Although United responded immediately, Spurs held on for the win.
Win at Newcastle
Spurs enjoyed an emphatic win at St. James’ Park in February with goals from Adebayor (2), Paulinho and Nacer Chadli. The game received 19% support and saw Hugo Lloris make a number of crucial early saves to keep out Newcastle which then allowed Spurs to take control and win comfortably with Nabil Bentaleb having a very impressive game.
Home win over Sunderland (10%)
Tottenham recovered from conceding an early goal through a defensive blunder to score 5 goals at White Hart Lane for their most emphatic home win of the season. Adebayor equalised before the interval, Harry Kane scored on his first Premier League start for Spurs and Eriksen having created the first two goals scored the third. Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson added two late goals which appeared to condemn Sunderland to relegation only for a remarkable recovery from Gus Poyet’s side in the final weeks of the season.
Other matches which were suggested as the best Tottenham match of the season were the win at St Mary’s Stadium in Sherwood’s first league game in charge, the fightback against Southampton, the win over Dnipro in the Europa League, the draw in Portugal against Benfica, the final day win over Aston Villa and Ledley King’s Testimonial match.