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Last Wednesday saw us again go out of the League Cup to a lower league team, this time finding a new way to do it, dominating the first half hour and actually going in front.

1920 burnley aaron lennon 00 500x500It led to some low marks in the player ratings from a disappointing performance and when the voting ended, Aaron Lennon was the winner of both the man of the match vote and the player ratings.

He won 29% of the man of the match vote, comfortably beating the two strikers who took the next two places with Matěj Vydra coming second with 12% and, just behind, Jay Rodriguez with 11% of the vote. Fourth place was jointly won by Joe Hart and Dwight McNeil who both won 10% of the vote.

Lennon was the only player to score over six, the rating for an average performance, in the player ratings and won it with 6.25 out of 10. Chris Wood, who came on as a substitute in the second half, for Lennon as it happened, was second with a rating of 5.69 while debutant Danny Drinkwater and Vydra jointly took third place; both had a rating of 5.38 out of 10.

Lennon has, therefore, won the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year, with five points for Vydra, three for Wood and two for Drinkwater and Rodriguez, while both Hart and McNeil pick up one point each.

None of those players had scored any points previously and so it hasn’t affected the top of the table although Lennon has moved into fourth place with his ten points.

The Liverpool result will be confirmed later today but below is the result for the Sunderland game.

MAN OF THE MATCH

29% – Aaron Lennon
12% – Matěj Vydra
11% – Jay Rodriguez
10% – Joe Hart & Dwight McNeil
9% – Kevin Long
7% – Chris Wood
3% – Danny Drinkwater
3% – Ben Gibson & Jeff Hendrick
2% – Charlie Taylor
1% – Phil Bardsley

PLAYER RATINGS

6.25 – Aaron Lennon
5.69 – Chris Wood
5.38 – Danny Drinkwater & Matěj Vydra
5.06 – Kevin Long & Charlie Taylor
4.94 – Jay Rodriguez
4.56 – Jeff Hendrick & Dwight McNeil
4.50 – Ben Gibson
4.38 – Phil Bardsley
3.63 – Joe Hart

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

25: James Tarkowski
14: Ashley Barnes
13: Ben Mee
10: Aaron Lennon
8: Nick Pope
5: Matěj Vydra
4: Erik Pieters
3: Chris Wood
2: Danny Drinkwater & Jay Rodriguez
1: Joe Hart, Dwight McNeil, Matt Lowton & Ashley Westwood

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