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There is no doubt that we could have been looking at a very different result last Sunday at West Ham but for Nick Pope’s heroics in goal, making three outstanding saves during the game.

His performance has won him both the man of the match and the player ratings and that’s no surprise with the save to deny Issa Diop right up there among the best I’ve seen.

I’m not sure whether we’ve ever had such a convincing man of the match winner before but he polled no less than 89% of the vote. Ashley Westwood, despite suffering the bad injury, came second but had only 2% of the vote, as did goalscorer Wout Weghorst who was third. The two central defenders Nathan Collins and James Tarkowski were joint fourth with just 1% of the vote each.

Again, in the player ratings, Pope was a big winner. His rating of 9.17 out of ten was the highest in a league game this season although was beaten twice in the League Cup, by Pope himself in the defeat against Spurs and by Wayne Hennessey in the penalty shoot-out win against Newcastle.

Collins was second; his rating was 7.83, with Tarkowski in third place with a rating of 7.39. Weghorst took the fourth place with a rating of 7.22 out of ten.

It’s given Pope ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Collins won four points while there were three points each for Tarkowski, Weghorst and Westwood. Tarkowski leads the player of the year table but it’s reduced his lead over Pope to twenty points. Charlie Taylor remains third with Collins now fourth, followed by the three wide players Maxwel Cornet, Aaron Lennon and Dwight McNeil who are all tied in fifth place.

Voting continues until the end of the day for the Wolves man of the match VOTE and later today we’ll bring you the Southampton result.

The West Ham result and the player of the year table are below.


89% – Nick Pope
2% – Ashley Westwood
2% – Wout Weghorst
1% – Nathan Collins & James Tarkowski
1% – Maxwel Cornet
1% – Jack Cork % Charlie Taylor
0% – Jay Rodriguez
0% – Josh Brownhill, Matt Lowton, Dwight McNeil & Connor Roberts


9.17 – Nick Pope
7.83 – Nathan Collins
7.39 – James Tarkowski
7.22 – Wout Weghorst
6.72 – Jay Rodriguez
6.67 – Jack Cork & Charlie Taylor
6.11 – Ashley Westwood
6.00 – Dwight McNeil
5.94 – Matt Lowton
5.89 – Connor Roberts
5.56 – Maxwel Cornet
5.11 – Josh Brownhill


116: James Tarkowski
96: Nick Pope
71: Charlie Taylor
58: Nathan Collins
54: Maxwel Cornet, Aaron Lennon & Dwight McNeil
49: Josh Brownhill & Ben Mee
26: Matt Lowton & Wout Weghorst
22: Jay Rodriguez
20: Wayne Hennessey
16: Connor Roberts
13: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
12: Matěj Vydra
11: Chris Wood
10: Phil Bardsley
7: Erik Pieters
6: Kevin Long & Dale Stephens
5: Jack Cork & Ashley Westwood

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