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Approaching two weeks ago, the Clarets fell to a second defeat of the season, losing 5-2 at Sheffield United after what was a poor performance from us.

Twice Manuel Benson gave us the lead in the first half but the home side came back with four goals after the break with Benson, courtesy of those two goals, once more winning the man of the match and the player ratings, and again by a huge margin.

He polled 79% of the man of the match vote, and that’s 7% more than he polled in the previous game against Rotherham. Jack Cork took second place with 6%, just ahead of goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, who also secured 6%. Samuel Bastien, standing in for the suspended Josh Brownhill, finished fourth with a 3% share.

Benson scored 7.20 out of ten in the player ratings, not just the only player to pass seven but the only player to record a rating of more than six for an average performance. Cork was again second with 5.40 and a rating of just 4.83 out of ten saw Josh Cullen and Anass Zaroury share third place, the lowest rating to finish in a top four place.

That’s another ten points for Benson towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Cork wins six points and there are two points each for Cullen, Muric and Zaroury with Bastien winning one point. Benson has now moved within 29 points of Cork at the top with Josh Brownhill now a further fifteen points behind in third place.

The Crawley League Cup tie is next to be reviewed before we bring things up to date with last Sunday’s derby win.

Below is the Sheffield United result and the player of the year table after that game.

MAN OF THE MATCH

79% – Manuel Benson
6% – Jack Cork
6% – Arijanet Muric
3% – Samuel Bastien
2% – Taylor Harwood-Bellis
1% – Jordan Beyer & Josh Cullen
1% – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Ian Maatsen & Anass Zaroury
0% – Nathan Tella & Vitinho

PLAYER RATINGS

7.20 – Manuel Benson
5.40 – Jack Cork
4.83 – Josh Cullen & Anass Zaroury
4.74 – Taylor Harwood-Bellis
4.69 – Samuel Bastien
4.26 – Jordan Beyer
4.11 – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
4.06 – Arijanet Muric
4.03 – Nathan Tella
3.94 – Vitinho
3.60 – Ian Maatsen

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

84: Jack Cork
55: Manuel Benson
40: Josh Brownhill
39: Nathan Tella
33: Anass Zaroury
31: Taylor Harwood-Bellis
27: Charlie Taylor
23: Jay Rodriguez
22: Ian Maatsen
20: Vitinho
19: Josh Cullen
17: Arijanet Muric
12: Jordan Beyer
9: Connor Roberts
8: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson & Matt Lowton
7: CJ Egan-Riley
6: Samuel Bastien
3: Halil Dervişoğlu
2: Darko Churlinov
1: Dara Costelloe & Bailey Peacock-Farrell

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