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Having been beaten at Manchester City, the Clarets got the restart well and truly underway last Thursday when we beat Watford 1-0 on the Turf in searing heat to take us past the forty point total.

It was generally a really good performance with Watford having their only spell of the game in the early part of the second half, a period when the Clarets had to defend well. Then came the winner from Jay Rodriguez to ensure we won all three points.

Jay won the man of the match, claiming 31% of the vote ahead of Dwight McNeil, whose superb cross led to the goal; he was second with a 17% share. James Tarkowski took third place with 15% of the vote while 14% gave Matěj Vydra fourth place.

Three of those players were in the top four of the player ratings too. Tarkowski was the winner here with a rating of exactly 8 out of 10. Fellow defender Ben Mee was right behind him in second place with a rating of 7.84. The two strikers took the next two places with Rodriguez coming third with 7.81 while Vydra was again fourth; his rating was 7.58 out of 10.

This result has given seven points to both Rodriguez and Tarkowski towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. McNeil and Mee have both won three points while Vydra picked up two points. With just seven games remaining, it leaves Tarkowksi, last season’s winner, with a 54 point lead over Mee at the top of the table.

Tomorrow we will bring everything up to date with the Crystal Palace game once the voting has closed at the end of today meaning you can still vote for the Man of the Match and post your Player Ratings until then.

The Watford result is below, followed by the current player of the year table.


31% – Jay Rodriguez
17% – Dwight McNeil
15% – James Tarkowski
14% – Matěj Vydra
11% – Ben Mee
4% – Josh Brownhill
4% – Charlie Taylor
1% – Matt Lowton & Ashley Westwood
1% – Jack Cork
1% – Nick Pope


8.00 – James Tarkowski
7.84 – Ben Mee
7.81 – Jay Rodriguez
7.58 – Matěj Vydra
7.48 – Dwight McNeil
7.26 – Charlie Taylor
7.10 – Jack Cork & Ashley Westwood
6.94 – Matt Lowton
6.81 – Josh Brownhill
6.61 – Nick Pope


149: James Tarkowski
95: Ben Mee
91: Dwight McNeil
66: Nick Pope
54: Charlie Taylor
43: Jeff Hendrick
38: Jay Rodriguez
32: Chris Wood
27: Matěj Vydra  & Ashley Westwood
24: Aaron Lennon
21: Jack Cork
14: Ashley Barnes
10: Erik Pieters
8: Phil Bardsley & Matt Lowton
3: Robbie Brady & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Danny Drinkwater & Joe Hart

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