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Until recently, Kevin Long hadn’t started a game for the Clarets all season in the Premier League but he’s been in the team recently following the injury to Ben Mee and more than made his mark last Wednesday with a man of the match performance in the 1-1 home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He’s finally passed fifty league appearances for the club in this recent run of games and has played really well, never more so than against Wolves when he won both the man of the match vote and the player ratings.

He won 34% of the vote in this match when the defenders generally came out on top. James Tarkowski, alongside him in the centre of defence, was second with a 21% share while Erik Pieters took third place with 9%. Fourth place went to midfielder Josh Brownhill who secured 8% of the vote.

The two central defenders took top billing in the player ratings too. Long won it with a rating of 7.28 out of 10 with Tarkowski not far behind with 7.21. Third place this time went to Nick Pope who scored 6.85 with Phil Bardsley in fourth place with a rating of 6.38 out of 10.

Long won the maximum ten points for the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Tarkowski securing six points. Both Pieters and Pope won two points with a point apiece for Bardsley and Brownhill.

You have until the end of today to vote for your Man of the Match against Norwich and we’ll announce the result tomorrow.

The Wolves result and the player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

34% – Kevin Long
21% – James Tarkowski
9%  – Erik Pieters
8% – Josh Brownhill
7% – Dwight McNeil
5% – Chris Wood
5% – Nick Pope
5% – Ashley Westwood
2% – Phil Bardsley
1% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson & Matěj Vydra
1% – Charlie Taylor
0% – Jay Rodriguez

PLAYER RATINGS

7.28 – Kevin Long
7.21 – James Tarkowski
6.85 – Nick Pope
6.38 – Phil Bardsley
6.36 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
6.33 – Matěj Vydra
6.13 – Jay Rodriguez & Chris Wood
6.11 – Charlie Taylor
6.10 – Dwight McNeil & Erik Pieters
6.05 – Josh Brownhill
6.00 – Ashley Westwood

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

178: James Tarkowski
105: Ben Mee
96: Dwight McNeil
89: Nick Pope
56: Charlie Taylor
43: Jeff Hendrick & Jay Rodriguez
32: Chris Wood
27: Matěj Vydra & Ashley Westwood
24: Aaron Lennon
21: Jack Cork
17: Kevin Long
16: Josh Brownhill
14: Ashley Barnes
12: Erik Pieters
11: Phil Bardsley
8: Matt Lowton
3: Robbie Brady & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson

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