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It’s some achievement to score in four successive games and more so when the goals are as special as the four scored by Manuel Benson in our most recent four games with the last of them coming at Bristol City.

I thought this was the best of the lot from him this season and, coupled with his overall performance, it was no surprise to see him once more win both the man of the match and the player ratings, and completing the double for the seventh time this season.

He was an easy winner for the man of the match, polling 57% of the vote, with central defender Ameen Al-Dakhil coming in second with 17%. A 12% share won third place for Josh Cullen with Connor Roberts claiming fourth place with 4% of the vote.

It was somewhat closer in the player ratings. Here Benson won with a rating of 8.21 out of ten with Cullen taking second place with exactly eight. Al-Dakhil was third with 7.37 and Josh Brownhill came in to take fourth place with 7.11 out of ten.

It’s given Benson ten points in the Up the Clarets Player of the Year Table. Al-Dakhil and Cullen both win five points with one point each for Brownhill and Roberts. That means, with just the Cardiff game to come, the top three places have been confirmed. Our player of the years Cullen has 145 points, sixteen more than second place Jordan Beyer who has a twelve point lead over Benson. Fourth place is between Jack Cork and Nathan Tella with Cork currently leading him by seven votes.

The Bristol City result is below with the current player of the year table with just that one game to go, and that vote will be up and running as soon as possible after the end of Monday’s home game against Cardiff.


57% – Manuel Benson
17% – Ameen Al-Dakhil
12% – Josh Cullen
4% – Connor Roberts
3% – Jay Rodriguez
2% – Josh Brownhill
1% – Lyle Foster & Scott Twine
1% – Michael Obafemi
1% – Vitinho
0% – Bailey Peacock-Farrell
0% – Taylor Harwood-Bellis & Ian Maatsen


8.21 – Manuel Benson
8.00 – Josh Cullen
7.37 – Ameen Al-Dakhil
7.11 – Josh Brownhill
7.05 – Lyle Foster
7.00 – Jay Rodriguez
6.89 – Ian Maatsen
6.84 – Taylor Harwood-Bellis
6.74 – Connor Roberts
6.58 – Scott Twine
6.47 – Michael Obafemi
6.42 – Bailey Peacock-Farrell
5.58 – Vitinho


145: Josh Cullen
129: Jordan Beyer
117: Manuel Benson
106: Jack Cork
99: Nathan Tella
59: Anass Zaroury
56: Ian Maatsen
54: Ashley Barnes
52: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
45: Ameen Al-Dakhil, Josh Brownhill & Charlie Taylor
40: Arijanet Muric
35: Taylor Harwood-Bellis & Connor Roberts
23: Jay Rodriguez
22: Hjalmar Ekdal
21: Vitinho
15: Bailey Peacock-Farrell
10: Matt Lowton
7: CJ Egan-Riley
6: Samuel Bastien & Scott Twine
3: Halil Dervişoğlu
2: Darko Churlinov, Luke McNally & Michael Obafemi
1: Dara Costelloe

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