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Manuel Benson was very much the winner against Rotherham United in our recent 3-2 home win against them, coming off the bench to equalise in stoppage time before setting up the winner for Halil Dervişoğlu.

It was a third successive game that Benson had helped turn on its head having come on as a substitute, firstly at Sunderland, then against Reading at home and now this victory against Rotherham when he was introduced as a substitute just before the hour with the score at 1-1 and just minutes before Rotherham regained the lead.

On a night when we weren’t at our best, he turned things in our favour in the closing part of the game and that’s again won him both our man of the match and player ratings and both by some huge margin.

He polled 72% of the man of the match vote with Jack Cork claiming second place with just a share of 8%. Ian Maatsen was third with 6% while 5% of the vote saw Anass Zaroury take fourth place.

Benson was way ahead in the player ratings too, scoring 8.73 out of ten with Halil Dervişoğlu coming second with 6.88. Zaroury was third with 6.72 and Cork took fourth place with a rating of 6.65 out of ten.

It’s given Benson another ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Cork winning four points. There are three points for both Dervişoğlu and Zaroury with Maatsen winning two points.

Those points are significant with Benson now moving into second place in the table although still some 33 points behind leader Cork.

Over the next couple of days, we’ll have the results for the Sheffield United, Crawley and Blackburn games. Below is the Rotherham result and the player of the year table after that game.

MAN OF THE MATCH

72% – Manuel Benson
8% – Jack Cork
6% – Ian Maatsen
5% – Anass Zaroury
3% – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
2% – Jordan Beyer
1% – Halil Dervişoğlu
1% – Josh Brownhill, Arijanet Muric & Jay Rodriguez
1% – Nathan Tella
0% – Vitinho
0% – Taylor Harwood-Bellis

PLAYER RATINGS

8.73 – Manuel Benson
6.88 – Halil Dervişoğlu
6.72 – Anass Zaroury
6.65 – Jack Cork
6.58 – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
6.40 – Arijanet Muric
6.23 – Ian Maatsen
6.21 – Jay Rodriguez
6.05 – Josh Brownhill
5.72 – Jordan Beyer
5.67 – Nathan Tella
5.49 – Taylor Harwood-Bellis
4.63 – Vitinho

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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

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