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It wasn’t the best of nights for Burnley last Thursday when our run of wins came to an end with Chelsea coming to the Turf and beating us 2-1.

1718 burnley johann berg gudmundsson 00 500x500This was a night when no fewer than five of our players scored lower player ratings than in any previous Burnley game this season and when no player even reached the seven out of ten figure for a good performance.

Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson came closest in winning the ratings. His rating of 6.95 out of 10 was ahead of Jack Cork who scored 6.72 and Cork’s fellow midfielder Ashley Westwood who came in third with a rating of 6.31. Right-back Matt Lowton took fourth place with a rating of 6.14 out of 10 and was the last to even score an average performance.

Those four players featured right at the top of the man of the match vote too, and in the same order. Guðmundsson was again the winner, polling 52% of the vote and again he was followed by the midfield pairing of Cork and Westwood who won 25% and 11% of the vote respectively. Lowton this time shared fourth place with Ashley Barnes; both had a 3% share of the vote.

This result won Guðmundsson four points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Cork winning six points alongside four points for Westwood, two for Lowton and one for Barnes.

This really has tightened things up at the top. Defour still leads the way with 93 points, one ahead of Ben Mee. But those two players are currently out injured so we need to look at the next two who are Nick Pope, one point behind Mee, and then Guðmundsson who is now just a point behind Mee. The one other realistic winner of the award is now James Tarkowski who is just one big performance away from joining that top group.

Voting is currently underway for last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke. You can vote for your Man of the Match and post your Player Ratings until the end of tomorrow.

The Chelsea result is below, followed by the current player of the year table.

MAN OF THE MATCH

52% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
25% – Jack Cork
11% – Ashley Westwood
3% – Ashley Barnes & Matt Lowton
2% – Kevin Long
2% – Nick Pope
1% – Aaron Lennon
0% – James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward & Chris Wood

PLAYER RATINGS

6.95 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
6.72 – Jack Cork
6.31 – Ashley Westwood
6.14 – Matt Lowton
5.47 – Kevin Long
5.43 – Ashley Barnes
5.41 – Nick Pope
4.95 – Stephen Ward
4.91 – James Tarkowski
4.71 – Chris Wood
4.60 – Aaron Lennon

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

93: Steven Defour
92: Ben Mee
91: Nick Pope
90: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
85: James Tarkowski
75: Jack Cork
61: Ashley Barnes
36: Charlie Taylor & Ashley Westwood
34: Robbie Brady
27: Phil Bardsley
20: Matt Lowton
18: Kevin Long
17: Chris Wood
16: Stephen Ward
12: Sam Vokes
11: Aaron Lennon
8: Scott Arfield
5: Tom Heaton
3: Georges-Kévin NKoudou
2: Jeff Hendrick

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