Despite a lot of negative talk in recent days, Spurs have plenty of positives to look back on as 2013 comes to an end
2013 has certainly contained a mixture of highs and lows for Tottenham Hotspur, with plenty of the happy times coming because of a certain Welshman who has since departed.
Below we take a look at the five best moments of the year:
Bale's West Ham goal - If one moment summed up the drama and influence of a year preoccupied with Gareth Bale, it's this. Everything about it was perfect; a last minute goal of incredible beauty that secured three points against a London rival. The fact young pretender Tom Carroll set it up, and the wild celebrations that followed between Bale, the other players, and AVB, meant that it was a visceral celebration that fans almost felt a part of.
Spurs 2-1 win over Arsenal - Just a week later Tottenham secured what at the time looked like a vital win to put them seven points ahead of their North London rivals. Goals from Bale and Aaron Lennon gave Spurs a two-goal cushion before Per Mertesacker registered early in the second half. It was just as much about the perceived shift in power that came with the result, as it was about the win itself, and Spurs players and fans were rightly optimistic following the game.
Spurs 3-1 win over City - There was another great home victory to come towards the end of April, as Spurs defeated champions Manchester City with a flurry of three goals in the last 15 minutes. Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Bale all scored after Nasri had given the visitors a first half lead. The result really gave the team the optimism to claim fourth place, especially as their hopes were still in their own hands. It would be a close run thing as Arsenal pipped them to fourth on the last day of the season.
Sense of optimism heading into season after signings - It is certainly true that no fan wanted to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid this summer, but nothing brings supporters more joy than a war-chest of €100 million that their chairman is happy to spend on some of the best talent around. That all of the signings that came in looked like genuinely improving the team and squad also helped a soften the blow of Bale leaving. Despite the jury still being out on most of the summer transfer business, the majority of the signings are young enough to get a year or two at the club to settle in or have significant resale value.
A long overdue penalty shootout victory - One happy change in fortune that came in this new season was a penalty shootout win over Hull City at the Lane in the League Cup fourth round. After Harry Kane equalised in extra time to bring the game to spot kicks, Spurs fans would have been fearing the worst after a huge 19 years without winning on pens. Tottenham had lost seven ties in such a fashion, including the League Cup quarter final in 2009, and were more than glad for Brad Friedel's heroics to have helped banish such a record.
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