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Burnley beat Stoke last Tuesday night to move up to fourth place in the Premier League on a night when the weather conditions were horrendous with driving rain, strong winds and alongside a severe drop in the temperature.

1718 burnley steven defour 00 500x500He may have found the need for gloves, but it didn’t stop Steven Defour turning in another excellent performance in the Burnley midfield which won him the man of the match vote and saw him run James Tarkowski very close in the player ratings.

Defour polled 50% of the vote, beating easily the two central defenders who took the next two places. Kevin Long, getting his second league game of the season, was outstanding alongside his equally in form defensive partner and it was Long with 21% who beat Tarkowski into second place while Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson claimed fourth place with just 4% of the vote.

In the player ratings, it was Tarkowski on top with a rating of 8.04, just edging out Defour who scored 7.96. Long was third with a rating of 7.89 whilst a rating of 7.49 out of 10 won fourth place for goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Defour’s performance has won him eight points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year while there were seven points for Tarkowski, five for Long and one each Berg Guðmundsson and Pope.

That result has seen Tarkowski go 11 points clear of Jack Cork, but the midfielder has dropped into third place now with Defour going back to second, just seven points behind leader Tarkowski.

You can still vote for your Man of the Match and post your Player Ratings for Saturday’s game at Brighton. That will continue until the end of tomorrow.

The Stoke result is below with the current player of the year table.


50% – Steven Defour
21% – Kevin Long
10% – James Tarkowski
4% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4% – Jack Cork
4% – Phil Bardsley & Nick Pope
2% – Scott Arfield
1% – Charlie Taylor
0% – Jeff Hendrick & Chris Wood
0% – Stephen Ward


8.04 – James Tarkowski
7.96 – Steven Defour
7.87 – Kevin Long
7.49 – Nick Pope
7.00 – Phil Bardsley
6.70 – Jack Cork & Charlie Taylor
6.55 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
6.53 – Stephen Ward
6.38 – Scott Arfield
5.96 – Jeff Hendrick
5.94 – Chris Wood


71: James Tarkowski
64: Steven Defour
60: Jack Cork
40: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
38: Nick Pope
34: Robbie Brady
29: Ben Mee
13: Stephen Ward
12: Phil Bardsley & Sam Vokes
10: Ashley Barnes
9: Chris Wood
8: Scott Arfield
6: Ashley Westwood
5: Tom Heaton, Kevin Long & Charlie Taylor
2: Jeff Hendrick & Matt Lowton

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