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BOTD - the results

Posted on 16 January 2010  - 12:00

The results are in for our Best of the Decade votes...

For the past two and a half weeks, supporters have been voting in their droves to determine the best goal and the best game of the decade 2000-2009.

The polls closed this week and the results are in - and it's fair to say there are no major shocks in terms of the two winners.

In both categories, our north London neighbours Arsenal were the opponents, on the one hand on the receiving end of a stunning 40-yard volley, and on the other, victims of a five-star show which will go down as one of our greatest results of more than just the last 10 years.

So here we go.

THE WINNERS ARE...

Best Goal of the Decade - David Bentley v Arsenal, 29.10.2008

There were some truly memorable goals to pick from, but were any of them ever going to beat this one from David Bentley?

The last decade saw some fantastic strikes, the likes of Robbie Keane's piece of magic against Blackburn Rovers or his curling equaliser against Chelsea; Fredi Kanoute's 30-yard half-volley against Everton or Christian Ziege's delightful free-kick against the Gunners.

But from the moment Bentley's amazing goal hit the back of Manuel Almunia's net, it was always going to eclipse the rest of the contenders.

In one of the most dramatic and entertaining north London derbies, Spurs fans will always remember Aaron Lennon's 94th-minute equaliser which made it 4-4 and earned us the most unlikely of points at the Emirates.

However, Bentley's goal was a defining moment - and this was no hit and hope. Just 12 minutes were on the clock when Luka Modric clipped a ball over his head and Jermaine Jenas knocked it into Bentley. The former Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers midfielder was at least 40-yards from goal but his first thought was to have a go.

Controlling the ball with the instep of his right boot with his first touch, he thumped it forward with his second, sending a high, looping shot towards goal, which dipped under Almunia's crossbar and into the net.

It was a goal which sent the Spurs fans crazy, and one which still clearly resonates with them as it polled 36 per cent of the votes to be crowned the ‘goal of the decade', much to the delight of Bentley.

"It was one of the best moments of my career really, to score a goal like that in the North London derby was a great feeling," he said.

"We were talking about it before the game, about how Almunia comes off his line, so me being me I decided to have a go! I didn't actually realise how far out I was but I teed it up, leathered it and it went in, fantastic.

"It was a special moment and for the goal to be voted the best of the decade is a really great honour."

In second place was Dimitar Berbatov's fine individual goal at The Valley against Charlton in May, 2007, with Erik Edman's stunning thunderbolt against Liverpool in April, 2005, just edging into third place.

Arsenal 5-1

Best Game of the Decade - Spurs 5 Arsenal 1, Carling Cup semi-final, second leg, January, 2008.

A superb performance of passion and spirit, five great goals and a place in a cup final secured at the end of the match - all against our fiercest rivals. Was there ever any doubt which would be voted our best game of the last 10 years?

When Arsenal visited the Lane for the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final two years ago, there was certainly plenty of trepidation and nerves around the place. The Gunners had knocked us out at the same stage the previous season and we hadn't beaten them for 22 matches in all competitions, so the task in hand on the night was a tough one.

The tie was nicely poised following the 1-1 draw in the first leg, but what happened over the next 90 minutes not even the most ardent of Spurs fans could have predicted. From the moment Jermaine Jenas fired us into a third minute lead, there was no looking back as we completely dominated the Gunners in all areas of the pitch and with the atmosphere cranked up to the max, it was truly a night to remember.

Just before the half hour mark, Nicklas Bendtner - under pressure from Michael Dawson - headed into his own net to give us a two-goal cushion before Robbie Keane made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half.

A fourth duly followed from Aaron Lennon, before Emmanuel Adebayor pulled one back for the visitors. But that was mere consolation as a memorable performance was rounded off with another goal, Steed Malbranque tapping home at the far post to put the icing on the tastiest of cakes!

The final itself provided yet more drama and delight for Spurs fans, but having suffered so often in recent years at the hands of Arsenal, this semi-final was the match for which the last decade will always be remembered.

One of stars on the night Jermaine Jenas, was not at all surprised this game topped the charts for the last 10 years.

"It was a special night, we were under a lot of pressure as we hadn't beaten Arsenal for a very long time. It was a big game, the fans were really up for it, the atmosphere was electric on the night and we came out all guns blazing," said JJ.

"The early goal put us on the front foot and set the tone for the rest of the game. It certainly doesn't surprise me the fans voted this the best game of the decade, because it probably was from my point of view as well.

"We were all so desperate to win something. We'd got to the semi-final the year before and lost to Arsenal, so we really wanted to get to the final and get the fans to Wembley, which we did with a fantastic performance. It was a great night all round and a special one for me in particular."

The game picked up 39 per cent of the votes, with our recent 9-1 win over Wigan Athletic finishing as runner-up, while the Carling Cup triumph over Chelsea was third.

Once again, thanks to everyone for taking the time to vote.