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Despite the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool last Saturday, it was a good day for Dwight McNeil who yet again made Trent Alexander-Arnold look very ordinary while not even being targeted by the disrespectful Jürgen Klopp.

On the opening weekend of the season, in the defeat against Brighton, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, playing on the right hand side, took the honours, winning both the man of the match and the player ratings but one week later it was McNeil on the left who was winner of both.

It was a very comfortable win for the man of the match. He polled 68% of the vote, way ahead of the rest with James Tarkowski taking second place with just a 9% share. Josh Brownhill, who came in for the injured Ashley Westwood was third with 7% and Charlie Taylor, with 5% of the vote, took fourth place.

Three of the top four made it in the top four of the player ratings too. Again, McNeil was the winner, scoring 7.63 out of 10 and again it was Tarkowski in second place; his rating was 7.23. Taylor was this time in third place having scored a rating of 6.77 with Pope taking fourth place with 6.60 out of 10.

The result has given McNeil ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. There are six points for Tarkowski, three for Taylor, two for Brownhill and one point for Pope.

The Newcastle VOTE is now underway and will run until the end of Saturday.

The Liverpool result and the current player of the year table can be found below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

68% – Dwight McNeil
9% – James Tarkowski
7% – Josh Brownhill
5% – Charlie Taylor
4% – Ashley Barnes
2% – Ben Mee
2% – Nick Pope
1% – Jack Cork, Matt Lowton & Chris Wood
0% – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

PLAYER RATINGS

7.63 – Dwight McNeil
7.23 – James Tarkowski
6.77 – Charlie Taylor
6.60 – Nick Pope
6.56 – Ben Mee
6.53 – Ashley Barnes & Matt Lowton
6.37 – Josh Brownhill
6.26 – Jack Cork
6.16 – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
6.12 – Chris Wood

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

11: James Tarkowski
10: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson & Dwight McNeil
6: Charlie Taylor
3: Ben Mee
2: Josh Brownhill
1: Matt Lowton & Nick Pope

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