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Nick Pope was beaten just once but made three big saves last week when we went out of the League Cup, giving Nuno Espirito Santo his final victory as Tottenham Hotspur manager with Lucas Moura scoring to give them a 1-0 win.

It is Pope’s first man of the match award this season and he doubled up with winning the player ratings, also for a first time this season.

He polled 40% of the vote for the man of the match and was followed by the two defenders recruited last summer. Nathan Collins, who has deputised so well for Ben Mee, was second with a 27% share and Connor Roberts was in third place on his debut. Josh Brownhill was fourth with 7% of the vote.

It was the same top two in the player ratings and the only two to score over seven for a good performance; Pope’s rating was 7.69 with Collins scoring 7.07 out of 10. The returning Mee was third with 6.93 and Roberts took fourth place with a rating of 6.59 out of 10.

That result has given Pope the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Collins won six points, with three points for Roberts, two for Mee and one for Brownhill.

McNeil still leads the player of the year table, two points ahead of Tarkowski but Collins is now just a further two points behind in third place. Pope has moved up to fifth in the table.

The Brentford result will be published later today but below is the Spurs result and the player of the year table after that game.


40% – Nick Pope
27% – Nathan Collins
12% – Connor Roberts
7% – Josh Brownhill
6% – Ben Mee
4% – Dwight McNeil
1% – Jack Cork, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson & Erik Pieters
1% – Ashley Barnes
0% – Jay Rodriguez & Chris Wood
0% – Matěj Vydra


7.69 – Nick Pope
7.07 – Nathan Collins
6.93 – Ben Mee
6.59 – Connor Roberts
5.93 – Dwight McNeil
5.83 – Erik Pieters
5.59 – Josh Brownhill
4.97 – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
4.90 – Matěj Vydra
4.62 – Jay Rodriguez
4.59 – Jack Cork & Chris Wood
4.17 – Ashley Barnes


39: Dwight McNeil
37: James Tarkowski
35: Nathan Collins
29: Maxwel Cornet
20: Charlie Taylor
17: Nick Pope
14: Ben Mee
13: Josh Brownhill
11: Matt Lowton
10: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Wayne Hennessey, Jay Rodriguez & Matěj Vydra
8: Aaron Lennon
4: Chris Wood
3: Connor Roberts
2: Jack Cork
1: Ashley Westwood

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