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It really was very much like an ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ afternoon as we followed up our superb win at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Premier League with a humbling defeat in the FA Cup against Norwich City.

After some incredibly high marks in the ratings from that Old Trafford win, there were some very disappointing scores with only two players hitting the average six out of ten for their performance as we went out of the cup.

One player stood out like a beacon, no doubt about that, and it was James Tarkowski, the player currently leading the race for the Up the Clarets Player of the Year Award. In the man of the match vote he polled 68%, way ahead of the field. Aaron Lennon, back in the side on the right hand side, came second with a 12% share and the next two places were taken by Ashley Westwood and goalscorer Erik Pieters who claimed 6% and 4% of the vote respectively.

The ratings showed similar results with Tarkowski scoring exactly eight out of ten. Lennon was again second with a rating of 6.12 and also Westwood claimed another third place; his rating was 5.79. Fourth place was jointly taken by goalkeeper Joe Hart and Jeff Hendrick, who came on as a substitute; both had ratings of 5.52 out of 10.

This result has given Tarkowski ten points towards the player of the year and has extended his lead to 26 points ahead of Ben Mee. Other point scorers from this game were Lennon (six points), Westwood (four points) while all of Hart, Hendrick and Pieters won one point.

It also brings to an end the month of January which has seen Charlie Taylor win the player of the month after a series of excellent performances, and this while not featuring in the cup ties. Previous monthly winners have been Tarkowski (August and December), Hendrick (September), Dwight McNeil (October) and Nick Pope (November).

The Arsenal vote will be underway tomorrow approximately one hour after the final whistle and below you will find the Norwich result followed by the player of the month result and the current player of the year table.

MAN OF THE MATCH

68% – James Tarkowski
12% – Aaron Lennon
6% – Ashley Westwood
4% – Erik Pieters
3% – Joe Hart
2% – Jeff Hendrick & Kevin Long
1% – Chris Wood
1% – Matt Lowton
1% – Robbie Brady
0% – Jack Cork, Jay Rodriguez & Matěj Vydra

PLAYER RATINGS

8.00 – James Tarkowski
6.12 – Aaron Lennon
5.79 – Ashley Westwood
5.52 – Joe Hart & Jeff Hendrick
5.42 – Chris Wood
5.27 – Matt Lowton & Erik Pieters
5.24 – Jack Cork
5.00 – Jay Rodriguez
4.24 – Robbie Brady
4.21 – Matěj Vydra
4.03 – Kevin Long

UP THE CLARETS JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

20: Charlie Taylor
17: Jeff Hendrick & Jay Rodriguez
16: Ben Mee
14: Aaron Lennon
13: Dwight McNeil & James Tarkowski
12: Nick Pope
5: Ashley Westwood
3: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Jack Cork & Erik Pieters
1: Phil Bardsley, Joe Hart & Chris Wood

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

106: James Tarkowski
80: Ben Mee
61: Dwight McNeil & Nick Pope
42: Jeff Hendrick
34: Charlie Taylor
30: Chris Wood
28: Jay Rodriguez
26: Ashley Westwood
24: Aaron Lennon
18: Jack Cork
14: Ashley Barnes
10: Erik Pieters
8: Phil Bardsley
7: Matey Vydra
3: Robbie Brady & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Danny Drinkwater, Joe Hart & Matt Lowton

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