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Burnley’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea brought with it a hefty vote count for the man of the match and some high player ratings after a performance described as being as good as any all season.

Joey Barton again featured heavily, as did Michael Keane (pictured) who is now putting real pressure on Ben Mee at the top of the Up the Clarets Player of the Year Table.

It was Barton, for a third game in succession, who won the man of the match. He polled 31% of the vote ahead of Ashley Barnes who took second place with 18%. A 14% share of the vote saw Keane come in third with Matt Lowton just behind with 13% to claim fourth place.

Three of that top four were also at the top of the ratings. There was to be no third double for Barton; Keane was ahead of him in the ratings but only just. Keane was first with a rating of 8.65 with Barton just behind with 8.62 out of 10.

Lowton, who had as good a game as any since singing for Burnley, was third with 8.43 and his fellow full back Stephen Ward came in fourth with a rating of 8.37 out of 10.

That result has given Barton eight points towards the player of the year. There are seven points for Keane, three each for Barnes and Lowton with one point for Ward.

Those points have not changed any places at the top of the table but things have certainly closed up between our two central defenders. They lead the way but Mee’s lead over Keane is now just one point.

Incredibly, despite having returned to the club just last week, Barton has already moved into seventh place with his latest points taking him ahead of both Dean Marney and James Tarkowski.

It’s cup week and the next vote will be for the FA Cup tie against Lincoln which will be underway around an hour after the final whistle this Saturday.

The Chelsea result and the current player of the year table can be found below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

31% – Joey Barton
18% – Ashley Barnes
14% – Michael Keane
13% – Matt Lowton
8% – George Boyd & Stephen Ward
3% – Ashley Westwood
3% – Robbie Brady
2% – Ben Mee
0% – Scott Arfield, Andre Gray & Tom Heaton

PLAYER RATINGS

8.65 – Michael Keane
8.62 – Joey Barton
8.43 – Matt Lowton
8.37 – Stephen Ward
8.15 – Ashley Barnes
7.75 – George Boyd
7.66 – Ashley Westwood
7.45 – Ben Mee
7.03 – Andre Gray
6.83 – Scott Arfield
6.80 – Tom Heaton
6.68 – Robbie Brady

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

95: Ben Mee
94: Michael Keane
66: Tom Heaton
59: Jeff Hendrick
47: Steven Defour
41: Ashley Barnes
35: Joey Barton
32: Dean Marney
27: James Tarkowski
25: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
22: Stephen Ward
19: Andre Gray
15: Matt Lowton
13: George Boyd
9: Scott Arfield
8: Sam Vokes
7: Aiden O’Neill & Paul Robinson
3: Robbie Brady & Tendayi Darikwa
1: Jon Flanagan, Michael Kightly & Nick Pope

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