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Six days ago we returned from Turkey with a 0-0 draw against İstanbul Başakşehir in our Europa League 3rd qualifying round game and it was a night in which the defenders were very much on top.

1819 burnley ben mee 00 500x500The two central defenders were in outstanding form and on this occasion it was captain Ben Mee who came out on top, winning both the man of the match vote and the player ratings.

Mee was in superb form and full deserved to receive 38% of the vote for the man of the match, a figure only as low as that because of the performance of James Tarkowski alongside him; he was second with a 23% share. Debutant goalkeeper Joe Hart took third place with 14% while left-back Charlie Taylor came fourth with 9% of the vote.

The player rating result was very similar with the same top three followed by the other full back. Mee and Tarkowski were way ahead of the rest; Mee won it with a rating of 7.81 followed by Tarkowski who scored 7.44. Again Hart was third with a rating of 6.89 while 6.64 out of 10 won Phil Bardsley fourth place.

That result has given Mee the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Tarkowski has collected six points, with four points for Hart and one each for Bardsley and Taylor. It means Mee has joined Sam Vokes in second place, just one point behind current leader Jack Cork.

You have the rest of today, Wednesday, to vote for your MAN OF THE MATCH and post your PLAYER RATINGS for the Southampton game and tomorrow night will see the next vote get underway after the second leg of the Europa tie.

The first leg result is below with the current player of the year table.

MAN OF THE MATCH

38% – Ben Mee
23% – James Tarkowski
14% – Joe Hart
9% – Charlie Taylor
4% – Jack Cork
3% – Phil Bardsley & Jon Walters
2% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2% – Ashley Westwood
1% – Jeff Hendrick
1% – Ashley Barnes & Sam Vokes

PLAYER RATINGS

7.81 – Ben Mee
7.44 – James Tarkowski
6.89 – Joe Hart
6.64 – Phil Bardsley
6.47 – Charlie Taylor
6.17 – Jack Cork
5.94 – Jon Walters
5.72 – Jeff Hendrick
5.69 – Ashley Westwood
5.64 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
5.61 – Ashley Barnes
5.53 – Sam Vokes

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

11: Jack Cork
10: Ben Mee & Sam Vokes
7: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
6: James Tarkowski
5: Ashley Barnes & Aaron Lennon
4: Joe Hart & Anders Lindegaard
3: Charlie Taylor
1: Phil Bardsley & Ashley Westwood

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