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James Tarkowski was the last player on the pitch to play the ball, not surprisingly a header out of defence, before Jon Moss blew his final whistle on our first win at Goodison Park since January 1976.

1718 burnley james tarkowski 00 500x500Later in the day he was the subject of the analysis on Match of the Day 2 after what had surely been his best performance yet in a Burnley shirt as his partnership with Ben Mee continues to grow.

It wasn’t just the pundits hailing his performance; Up the Clarets have agreed with them with Tarkowski winning both the man of the match vote and the player ratings very comfortably despite there being outstanding individual performances in all areas of the pitch.

He won 58% of the vote for the man of the match ahead of left-back Stephen Ward who received 16% after another excellent showing on the left. Jack Cork, who again an himself into the ground from the central midfield area, was third with 8% and 5% of the vote gave Mee fourth place.

Those four players were also the top four in the player ratings, and in the same order with all of them rated higher than eight. Tarkowski’s rating was 9.25 out of 10, the highest rating by any player this season. Ward rated at 8.77 with Cork and Mee getting ratings of 8.41 and 8.18 out of 10 respectively.

That result gives Tarkowski ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year, extending his lead at the top, with six points for Ward, Cork winning four points and two points for Mee.

Tarkowski held a narrow two point lead over Cork at the top, but that’s now been extended to eight points with Cork a further nine points ahead of Steven Defour who is currently third.

The next vote will start a week tomorrow after the home game against West Ham. The Everton result and the current player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

58% – James Tarkowski
16% – Stephen Ward
8% – Jack Cork
5% – Ben Mee
3% – Steven Defour
3% – Jeff Hendrick
2% – Chris Wood
1% – Robbie Brady
1% – Scott Arfield
1% – Nick Pope
0% – Matt Lowton

PLAYER RATINGS

9.25 – James Tarkowski
8.77 – Stephen Ward
8.41 – Jack Cork
8.18 – Ben Mee
7.98 – Scott Arfield
7.95 – Nick Pope
7.93 – Jeff Hendrick & Matt Lowton
7.91 – Steven Defour
7.82 – Chris Wood
7.81 – Robbie Brady

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

43: James Tarkowski
35: Jack Cork
26: Steven Defour
15: Ben Mee
13: Robbie Brady & Nick Pope
11: Sam Vokes & Stephen Ward
10: Phil Bardsley
7: Scott Arfield
6: Ashley Westwood
5: Tom Heaton & Charlie Taylor
2: Jeff Hendrick
1: Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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