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We were beaten 2-1 last Monday by West Ham at home having been in front through  Chris Wood penalty and for Wood, who had another good game, it was a third successive man of the match performance.

He had an outstanding game at  Old Trafford against Manchester United, followed that up with his hat trick at Wolves and while no scoring as big in the player ratings this time was once more the winner of both the man of the match vote and the ratings.

He polled 26% of the man of the match vote to take first place ahead of Charlie Taylor who was second with a 21% share. Josh Brownhill took third place with 11% while 9% of the vote secured fourth place for Nick Pope.

Only two players reached the average six out of ten performance in the player ratings. Wood was the winner with a rating of 6.75 with Pope coming second having scored 6.41. Taylor was third with 5.86 and that was just ahead of Ben Mee who won fourth place; his rating was 5.80 out of 10.

It’s given Wood ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Taylor winning five votes alongside four points for Pope, two for Brownhill and one point for Mee.

That has increased Pope’s lead at the top of the table to seven points over second place James Tarkowski. Mee, in third place, is a further 24 points behind. Then comes the challenge for fourth place. It’s currently held by Dwight McNeil on 67 but he’s only just ahead of Taylor (66), Matěj Vydra (64), Wood (63) and Brownhill (62).

Four games to go and the next man of the match vote and player ratings will be underway after the game at Fulham tomorrow.

The West Ham result and the current player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

26% – Chris Wood
21% – Charlie Taylor
11% – Josh Brownhill
9% – Nick Pope
9% – Jack Cork
6% – Ashley Westwood
5% – Ben Mee
4% – Matěj Vydra
4% – James Tarkowski
2% – Matt Lowton
1% – Jay Rodriguez
1% – Dwight McNeil

PLAYER RATINGS

6.75 – Chris Wood
6.41 – Nick Pope
5.86 – Charlie Taylor
5.80 – Ben Mee
5.63 – Matěj Vydra
5.47 – Josh Brownhill & James Tarkowski
5.18 – Jack Cork
5.12 – Ashley Westwood
4.92 – Jay Rodriguez
4.51 – Matt Lowton
4.47 – Dwight McNeil

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

112: Nick Pope
105: James Tarkowski
81: Ben Mee
67: Dwight McNeil
66: Charlie Taylor
64: Matěj Vydra
63: Chris Wood
62: Josh Brownhill
47: Matt Lowton
26: Ashley Westwood
24: Bailey Peacock-Farrell & Jay Rodriguez
21: Erik Pieters
20: Robbie Brady
19: Jack Cork & Kevin Long
16: Jimmy Dunne
15: Phil Bardsley
10: Josh Benson & Will Norris
6: Bobby Thomas
5: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4: Ashley Barnes
3: Dale Stephens
2: Joel Mumbongo
1: Anthony Glennon

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