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I didn’t think it would ever happen but for the first time we’ve had a perfect ten in the player ratings with every single set of ratings giving him the maximum after our 0-0 draw against Manchester United in their Theatre of Tourists.

Back in February 2008, we came from two behind to win 4-2 at QPR. Ade Akinbiyi’s rating soared above nine that night but Andrew Cole, hat trick star, rated at 9.87 out of ten. I didn’t think that would ever be beaten.

But Heaton has beaten it and at the home of his first club, he’s also done the double with another man of the match success, although he didn’t quite poll the 93% he did at Southampton, falling short with just 92%.

Needless to say it was the other defenders who took the next places. Ben Mee had 3% while Michael Keane was in third place with 1% although with more votes that John Flanagan and Matt Lowton who shared fourth place.

Three of those four players took the three places below Heaton in the ratings. Keane was second this time with 8.81 out of 10, followed by Mee with 8.78 and Lowton in fourth place with a rating of 8.25 out of 10.

This result has given Heaton the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year  while there are five points each for the central defensive pairing of Keane and Mee with a point each for Lowton and Flanagan who played just over half of the game having come on for the injured Stephen Ward.

Add Heaton’s performance to that at Southampton and it really is no surprise that he’s won the player of the month with 26 votes. Keane and Mee, with 20 and 18, are in the next two places with Johann Berg Gudmundsson winning ten points, the only other player to reach double figures.

As for the player of the year table, it’s suddenly become close at the top with Keane’s lead now just four points over Heaton with Mee another four points behind.

The result from the Manchester United game is below along with the October Player of the Month result and the current player of the year table.

MAN OF THE MATCH

92% – Tom Heaton
3% – Ben Mee
1% – Michael Keane
1% – Jon Flanagan & Matt Lowton
0% – Johann Berg Gudmundsson & Jeff Hendrick
0% – Dean Marney
0% – Scott Arfield, Ashley Barnes & Stephen Ward
0% – Andre Gray & Sam Vokes

PLAYER RATINGS

10.0 – Tom Heaton
8.81 – Michael Keane
8.78 – Ben Mee
8.25 – Matt Lowton
7.78 – Sam Vokes
7.64 – Stephen Ward
7.42 – Dean Marney
7.36 – Johann Berg Gudmundsson
7.00 – Jon Flanagan
6.86 – Scott Arfield
6.83 – Andre Gray
6.69 – Jeff Hendrick
6.58 – Ashley Barnes

UP THE CLARETS OCTOBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH

26: Tom Heaton
20: Michael Keane
18: Ben Mee
10: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
5: Dean Marney
3: Stephen Ward
2: Scott Arfield & Matt Lowton
1: George Boyd, Jon Flanagan, Michael Kightly & Aiden O’Neill

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

46: Michael Keane
42: Tom Heaton
38: Ben Mee
20: Steven Defour & Dean Marney
11: Jeff Hendrick
10: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
8: Andre Gray & Sam Vokes
7: Aiden O’Neill
5: George Boyd & Stephen Ward
2: Scott Arfield & Matt Lowton
1: Jon Flanagan & Michael Kightly

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