Derby defeats, Pochettino arrival and Kane's emergence - Tottenham's 2014 in pictures

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Tottenham had quite an action-packed 2014 - here's a look back at their year in pictures.

2014 started in fine fashion for Tottenham, as Tim Sherwood led his side to Old Trafford and defeated Manchester United 2-1.

Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen handed Spurs a 2-0 lead, and whilst Danny Welbeck did pull one back, Spurs managed to hang on and give Sherwood a famous three points over David Moyes.

With just 39% of possession and half as many shots as United, Tottenham were undeserved winners in the eyes of many, but they showed grit and resiliency that wasn't seen under the stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas. 

One of the most humiliating nights of the year came in March, as Tottenham were hammered 4-0 at the hands of London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

After an evening of little effort and kamikaze defending, manager Sherwood blasted his players after the final whistle, having sent his embarrassed players to appreciate the support from travelling Spurs fans.

"It hurts me and I won't forget about this when we hit the motorway, but some might," said Sherwood. "There's a lack of character, too many of them are too nice to each other and you need to show a bit more guts."

Just a week later, Tottenham lost to a London rival once again, yet this time it was even bigger than the Chelsea defeat. It was Arsenal this time, which made it so much more painful for Spurs fans.

Tomas Rosicky's thunderbolt after just two minutes handed the Gunners all three points, but Tottenham peppered the Arsenal goal with a whopping 17 shots - with just two on target.

That profligacy in front of goal was symptomatic of Tottenham's season, with Spurs unable to capitalise on the chances created throughout the campaign.

Three weeks on from that defeat, Tottenham hit their goalscoring stride, defeating Sunderland 5-1 at White Hart Lane with two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor as well as strikes from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The game will be remembered for the celebration between manager Sherwood and striker Adebayor, who shared a salute on the sidelines along with coach Chris Ramsay.

After finishing in sixth place, Sherwood was sacked, with chairman Daniel Levy appointing Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino in his place.

Having impressed with the Saints, Argentine coach Pochettino admitted his delight at becoming Spurs manager, and gave a message to fans.

"It is an absolute honour to be a coach at such a big club," he added. ‘I am very happy to be here," said Pochettino. "We will try to give everything to make you proud of this football club."

Pochettino's first Premier League game in charge of Spurs was an away trip to West Ham United on the opening day of the season, and after a cagey encounter, one of his first signings grabbed the winner.

Defender Eric Dier arrived from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, and managed to snatch the winning goal by rounding West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to tap into the net - sparking wild celebrations in the away end at Upton Park as Tottenham defeated one of their London rivals.

Yet that game hasn't been representative of the entire season. Pochettino has had his fair share of struggles this season, particularly at home.

Defeats to Liverpool, West Brom, Newcastle and Stoke have given White Hart Lane an edgy feel on match days, with players seeming nervous and shy on the ball - something that must be rectified in 2015 if Tottenham are to succeed under Pochettino.

One of the bright spots of the season has been the emergence of Harry Kane, whose real breakout moment came with the dramatic last gasp winner against Aston Villa announcing his arrival as a Tottenham striker of the future.

Kane has now scored 12 goals in 21 games for Spurs this season, with the 21-year-old proving himself to be a reliable poacher in the six-yard box - but regardless of the goals he scores, that one against Villa will live long in the memory.

2014 is ending on a high though, with a Capital One Cup semi-final against Sheffield United to come after beating Newcastle 4-0 at White Lane this month.

There is now a strong possibility of reaching Wembley after that result against Newcastle, and a chance at winning some silverware too - which would certainly buy Pochettino time to work at White Hart Lane.

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