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Tom Heaton had a relatively quiet afternoon for the most part at Sunderland but was called upon on a few occasions in the second half. He made two or three very good saves to ensure Burnley won a point with a 0-0 draw and those saves have seen him win both the man of the match vote and the player ratings.

He only just beat Ben Mee to the man of the match. Heaton polled 35% with Mee just behind with a 33% share. Stephen Ward took third place with 12% while 8% of the vote gave Scott Arfield fourth place.

The only change to the top four in the player ratings came with fourth place with Heaton, Mee and Ward taking the top three places again. Heaton’s rating was 8.19 out of 10 while Mee and Ward won ratings of 7.95 and 7.38. This time Michael Keane was fourth with a rating of 7.10 out of 10.

The points awarded towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year are ten for Heaton, six for Mee and four for Ward with both Arfield and Keane winning one point.

That one point was vital for Keane; it gave him one more point than Mee during March to win the player of the month and in doing so became the first player to win two monthly awards this season having picked up the August award.

Keane also still leads Mee for the player of the year although his lead has now been reduced to just four points. Heaton remains in third and, despite winning ten points he still trails second place Mee by  36 points.

The Sunderland result is below with the March Player of the Year result and the current player of the year table.


35% – Tom Heaton
33% – Ben Mee
12% – Stephen Ward
8% – Scott Arfield
3% – Michael Keane
2% – Joey Barton & Jeff Hendrick
2% – Ashley Barnes
1% – George Boyd, Andre Gray & Matt Lowton
1% – Sam Vokes


8.19 – Tom Heaton
7.95 – Ben Mee
7.38 – Stephen Ward
7.10 – Michael Keane
6.76 – Andre Gray
6.24 – Matt Lowton
6.05 – Joey Barton
6.00 – Scott Arfield
5.81 – Ashley Barnes
5.67 – Jeff Hendrick
5.43 – Sam Vokes
5.10 – George Boyd


14: Michael Keane
13: Ben Mee
10: Andre Gray & Tom Heaton
7: Ashley Barnes
5: Matt Lowton & Stephen Ward
1: Scott Arfield & Sam Vokes


116: Michael Keane
112: Ben Mee
76: Tom Heaton
59: Jeff Hendrick
48: Ashley Barnes
47: Steven Defour
36: Joey Barton
32: Dean Marney
29: Andre Gray
28: Matt Lowton & Stephen Ward
27: James Tarkowski
25: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
13: George Boyd
10: Scott Arfield
9: Sam Vokes
7: Aiden O’Neill & Paul Robinson
3: Robbie Brady & Tendayi Darikwa
1: Jon Flanagan, Michael Kightly & Nick Pope

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