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Sean Dyche said he was the best player on the pitch by miles and Up the Clarets have certainly supported that suggestion with Steven Defour winning both the man of the match vote and the player ratings by the same number of miles.

1718 burnley steven defour 00 500x500Within just a few minutes of the man of the match vote getting underway, it was clear that this was going to be nothing other than a one horse race. By the time it ended last night, Defour had claimed 84% of the vote.

That left little for the rest of the players but the next point scoring places all went to players with 3% of that vote. Scott Arfield was second just ahead of Ben Mee while Jack Cork and Stephen Ward jointly shared fourth place.

It was the same story with the player ratings. Defour won with a rating of 8.19 out of 10 and not only was he the only player to reach eight, no other player got as high as seven with goalkeeper Nick Pope, with a rating of 6.56, coming second. Third place went to Cork with 6.30 with a rating of 6.29 out of 10 giving James Tarkowski and Ward fourth place jointly.

That result has seen Defour claim the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with three points for each of Arfield, Cork and Pope, two points for Mee and Ward and one point for Tarkowski.

With the game being the last in September, we can now confirm the player of the month has been won by Tarkowski. He picked up 18 points during the month, three more than second place Cork.

He also still leads the player of the year table, but now just one point ahead of Cork with Defour a further five points behind.

The next vote will be underway on Sunday after the Everton game while the Huddersfield result is below followed by the player of the month result and player of the year table.


84% – Steven Defour
3% – Scott Arfield
3% – Ben Mee
3% – Jack Cork & Stephen Ward
2% – Nick Pope
1% – Robbie Brady
1% – James Tarkowski
1% – Jeff Hendrick
1% – Chris Wood
0% – Matt Lowton


8.19 – Steven Defour
6.56 – Nick Pope
6.30 – Jack Cork
6.29 – James Tarkowski & Stephen Ward
6.16 – Ben Mee
5.79 – Scott Arfield
5.71 – Robbie Brady
5.70 – Matt Lowton
5.54 – Chris Wood
4.73 – Jeff Hendrick


18: James Tarkowski
15: Jack Cork
13: Nick Pope
10: Phil Bardsley, Steven Defour & Ben Mee
6: Ashley Westwood
4: Scott Arfield
3: Robbie Brady
2: Stephen Ward
1: Johann Berg Gudmundsson


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

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