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Burnley turned in a superb performance at Crystal Palace a week last Saturday, winning 3-0 with goals scored by Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson and Matt Lowton who completed the scoring with his first Premier League goal for Burnley.

It was a stunning goal but it was also an outstanding performance from Lowton who landed himself the Chesterfield Messi nickname afterwards. It was no surprise that he won both the man of the match and player ratings and how he won them, by some incredible distance.

On an afternoon when everyone played well, he polled a massive 82% of the vote to win the man of the match. Dwight McNeil took second place with just 6% while 3% was enough for Jack Cork to take third place and Ben Mee fourth place.

Lowton’s 9.21 out of 10 in the player ratings was not only the winner but the highest this season, beating the 9.13 scored by Nick Pope at Liverpool in January. James Tarkowski took second place in the ratings with a score of 8.50 with McNeil coming third with 8.39. There were three players tied for fourth place with all of Cork, Mee and Jay Rodriguez scoring 8.18 out of 10.

Added together, it gives Lowton the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with McNeil winning five points. There were three points for both Cork and Tarkowski, two points for Mee and one point for Rodriguez.

It’s getting a lot closer between the top two with Tarkowski now just eight points behind Pope. Mee in third place is now fifteen points behind Tarkowski.

We will bring you the Fulham result tomorrow while below is the Palace result and the current player of the year table.


82% – Matt Lowton
6% – Dwight McNeil
3% – Jack Cork
3% – Ben Mee
2% – James Tarkowski
1% – Ashley Barnes, Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson & Jay Rodriguez
1% – Ashley Westwood
0% – Erik Pieters
0% – Nick Pope


9.21 – Matt Lowton
8.50 – James Tarkowski
8.39 – Dwight McNeil
8.18 – Jack Cork, Ben Mee & Jay Rodriguez
7.97 – Ashley Barnes & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
7.89 – Ashley Westwood
7.72 – Erik Pieters
7.42 – Nick Pope


88: Nick Pope
80: James Tarkowski
65: Ben Mee
56: Charlie Taylor
53: Josh Brownhill
46: Dwight McNeil
34: Matt Lowton
27: Matej Vydra
22: Bailey Peacock-Farrell
20: Robbie Brady, Jay Rodriguez & Ashley Westwood
17: Kevin Long
16: Jimmy Dunne
15: Phil Bardsley
13: Jack Cork
10: Josh Benson, Will Norris & Erik Pieters
6: Bobby Thomas
5: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4: Ashley Barnes & Chris Wood
3: Dale Stephens
2: Joel Mumbongo
1: Anthony Glennon

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