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Burnley might have conceded twice on Sunday at the Emirates, going down to a 2-1 defeat against Arsenal, but our defenders have been highly rated with the two central defenders, Michael Keane and Ben Mee, coming out on top.

Keane and Mee took the top two places in both the man of the match vote and the player ratings with Keane beating Mee to first place in both, but it would have been very close but for that late, late penalty.

Keane collected 40% of the vote for the man of the match with Mee claiming a 19% share. Tom Heaton was third with 9% and just behind was Ashley Barnes who took fourth place with 8% of the vote.

All of goalkeeper and back four have won points in the player ratings. Keane was top with a rating of 8.68 out of 10, again followed by Mee whose rating was 7.89. Stephen Ward was third with a rating of 7.14 while Heaton and Matt Lowton shared fourth place, both having a rating of 6.96 out of 10.

That result has given Keane ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Mee has won six points with three points for Heaton, two for Ward and one each for Barnes and Lowton.

It tightens things up at the top between the two defenders with Mee’s lead over Keane reduced to six points. Right now it does look as though it could be a two horse race for the player of the year.

The next vote is for the FA cup tie this Saturday against Bristol City. The vote will be underway within an hour of the final whistle on Saturday evening.

The Arsenal result and the current player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

40% – Michael Keane
19% – Ben Mee
9% – Tom Heaton
8% – Ashley Barnes
6% – Steven Defour
5% – Matt Lowton
4% – Stephen Ward
3% – George Boyd & Andre Gray
1% – Dean Marney
1% – Jeff Hendrick

PLAYER RATINGS

8.68 – Michael Keane
7.89 – Ben Mee
7.14 – Stephen Ward
6.96 – Tom Heaton & Matt Lowton
6.79 – Andre Gray
6.75 – Steven Defour
6.57 – George Boyd
6.50 – Ashley Barnes
6.43 – Jeff Hendrick
6.11 – Dean Marney

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

88: Ben Mee
82: Michael Keane
65: Tom Heaton
51: Jeff Hendrick
37: Steven Defour
32: Ashley Barnes & Dean Marney
25: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
24: James Tarkowski
21: Stephen Ward
19: Andre Gray
13: George Boyd
10: Matt Lowton
9: Scott Arfield
8: Sam Vokes
7: Aiden O’Neill & Paul Robinson
6: Joey Barton
3: Tendayi Darikwa
1: Jon Flanagan & Michael Kightly

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