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The two captains and two midfielders were chosen as our best two players in last Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Watford, our first loss this season.

Brownhill captained the side for the first time with Jack Cork named as a substitute and his performance, despite being culpable for the Watford goal, won him his second successive man of the match award with 58% of the vote. Cork, who came on before the start of the second half, made a huge difference to the team performance and won him 16% of the vote to take second place.

Ian Maatsen, who has, like Brownhill, won points in all three games so far, was third with a 9% share while 6% of the vote gave Taylor Harwood-Bellis his first points of the season.

Those same four players were also the top four in the player ratings with Cork this time leading the way with a rating of 7.22 out of ten. Brownhill came second with exactly seven while the next two also swapped places with Harwood-Bellis coming third and Maatsen fourth with ratings of 6.52 and 6.37 out of ten respectively.

It’s given both Brownhill and Cork eight points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with both Harwood-Bellis and Maatsen, two of our three loan players, winning three points each. Brownhill and Maatsen kicked off joint top of the table but Brownhill has now gone five points clear and Maatsen now has just a two point lead in second place over Cork.

Our next vote will be underway tonight following the home game against Hull. The Watford result and the current player of the year table can be found below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

58% – Josh Brownhill
16% – Jack Cork
9% – Ian Maatsen
6% – Taylor Harwood-Bellis
3% – Josh Cullen
1% – Connor Roberts & Charlie Taylor
1% – Ashley Barnes & Arijanet Muric
1% – Samuel Bastien & Jay Rodriguez
0% – Manuel Benson, Dara Costelloe & Nathan Tella

PLAYER RATINGS

7.22 – Jack Cork
7.00 – Josh Brownhill
6.52 – Taylor Harwood-Bellis
6.37 – Ian Maatsen
6.11 – Josh Cullen & Charlie Taylor
6.02 – Jay Rodriguez
5.85 – Arijanet Muric
5.76 – Connor Roberts
5.41 – Samuel Bastien
5.02 – Nathan Tella
4.72 – Ashley Barnes
4.65 – Manuel Benson
4.43 – Dara Costelloe

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

19: Josh Brownhill
14: Ian Maatsen
12: Jack Cork
10: Josh Cullen
5: Manuel Benson
3: Taylor Harwood-Bellis
2: Charlie Taylor
1: Dara Costelloe

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