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What proved to be Burnley’s last point of the season came at Aston Villa last Thursday in a 1-1 draw, and we owed a lot to goalkeeper Nick Pope for that point.

He made a string of fine saves throughout the game, the pick of them surely the save from Bertrand Traoré in the second half when he somehow got down to his right to get the ball away.

His performance won him both the man of the match and the player ratings and I’m not sure both have ever been won so convincingly in the past.

He polled 93% of the vote for the man of the match. It left Ashley Barnes taking second place with just a 2% share while Kevin Long was third with 1% of the vote. Also with 1%, but one vote less, James Tarkowski and Charlie Taylor jointly took fourth place.

As for the player ratings, Pope was top with an outstanding 9.73 out of ten. Tarkowski was second this time with a rating of 7.90 followed by his two central defensive partners; Nathan Collins rating 7.79 with Long on 7.24 out of ten.

It’s given Pope ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. There are four votes for Tarkowski and three each for Barnes and Long. Taylor wins two points with Collins claiming one point.

With one game to go, it’s left Tarkowski on the brink of becoming our player of the year for a fourth successive season. With just the Newcastle game to come, he stands nine points ahead of Pope, and you have until the end of today to cast your VOTE for that game against Newcastle.

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

MAN OF THE MATCH

93% – Nick Pope
2% – Ashley Barnes
1% – Kevin Long
1% – James Tarkowski & Charlie Taylor
1% – Maxwel Cornet
1% – Nathan Collins
0% – Connor Roberts
0% – Josh Brownhill, Jack Cork & Dwight McNeil

PLAYER RATINGS

9.74 – Nick Pope
7.90 – James Tarkowski
7.79 – Nathan Collins
7.24 – Kevin Long
7.17 – Charlie Taylor
6.90 – Ashley Barnes
6.79 – Connor Roberts
6.52 – Jack Cork
6.26 – Josh Brownhill
5.81 – Maxwel Cornet
5.55 – Dwight McNeil

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

126: James Tarkowski
117: Nick Pope
88: Nathan Collins
76: Charlie Taylor
75: Dwight McNeil
59: Maxwel Cornet
55: Josh Brownhill
54: Aaron Lennon
49: Ben Mee
26: Matt Lowton & Wout Weghorst
24: Connor Roberts
22: Jay Rodriguez
20: Jack Cork & Wayne Hennessey
13: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Kevin Long & Matěj Vydra
11: Chris Wood
10: Phil Bardsley
7: Erik Pieters
6: Dale Stephens
5: Ashley Westwood
4: Ashley Barnes

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