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1819 burnley ashley barnes 00 500x500Today we are moving on to the 1st leg of our Europa League play-off against Olympiacos as we catch up on the man of the match voting and the player ratings.

This was the night in Piraeus when we suffered our only defeat in the competition, losing 3-1 and controversially going down to ten men.

Striker Ashley Barnes, who started up front alongside Chris Wood, won both the vote and the ratings in a really  good performance, particularly in the first half.

He secured 31% of the man of the match vote, almost double the 16% claimed by Jack Cork who took second place. Central defender Kevin Long was third with 14% while goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton, in his first competitive game for almost a year, was fourth with a 6% share of the vote.

Just four players won a rating above the average six out of ten. Barnes was again the winner with a rating of 6.44 out of 10, followed by James Tarkowski who scored 6.38 having come on as a substitute following Ben Gibson’s red card. His defensive partner Long, was third this time with a rating of 6.25 and 6.06 out of 10 won fourth place for Cork.

That brings ten points for Barnes towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Both Cork and Long won four points, Tarkowski got three points and there was one point for Heaton. Those points have taken Cork one further point clear at the top and big winner Barnes has moved into fourth place.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the Fulham game but the result for the Olympiacos away game is below, followed by the player of the table after this game.

MAN OF THE MATCH

31% – Ashley Barnes
16% – Jack Cork
14% -Kevin Long
6% – Tom Heaton
5% – Phil Bardsley & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
5% – Chris Wood
5% – Jeff Hendrick & Charlie Taylor
4% – Ben Gibson
3% – James Tarkowski
1% – Aaron Lennon & Stephen Ward

PLAYER RATINGS

6.44 – Ashley Barnes
6.38 – James Tarkowski
6.25 – Kevin Long
6.06 – Jack Cork
5.81 – Jeff Hendrick & Chris Wood
5.75 – Tom Heaton
5.69 – Aaron Lennon
5.63 – Charlie Taylor
5.44 – Phil Bardsley
5.38 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
5.31 – Stephen Ward
4.94 – Ben Gibson

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

31: Jack Cork
23: James Tarkowski
19: Joe Hart
15: Ashley Barnes
13: Ben Mee
10: Sam Vokes
9: Kevin Long
8: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
7: Jeff Hendrick
5: Aaron Lennon & Ashley Westwood
4: Anders Lindegaard
3: Charlie Taylor
1: Phil Bardsley, Ben Gibson & Tom Heaton

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