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Burnley made it two wins in successive away games last week with a 1-0 victory at the London Stadium against West Ham United. Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game with a superb header from an equally superb Charlie Taylor cross but it was goalkeeper Nick Pope who took the accolades for a man of the match performance.

I recall Pope making a very good save right in front of us there two seasons ago which allowed us to go on to win the game 3-0. This time, with no Burnley fans or home pitch invaders there, he made some crucial saves to ensure that our one goal was enough to win us the game.

His performance won him the man of the match vote by some considerable distance. He polled 69% of that vote with no other player reaching double figures. Current skipper James Tarkowski and midfielder Josh Brownhill took second place with 8% of the vote each while a 5% share saw Taylor take fourth place.

There is little difference with the player ratings. Pope was again the winner with a rating of 9.03 out of 10. Tarkowski, this time, took second place with 8.75 while a rating of 8.56 saw Brownhill come third. Fourth place went to Taylor; he had a rating of 8.43 out of 10.

Pope has, therefore, won the maximum 10 points in the player of the year table with Tarkowski, already declared our player of the year, winning six points with five points for Brownhill and two points for Taylor. The points will continue to be added to the player of the year table for the remainder of the season.

Voting continues for the Liverpool game until the end of today.

The West Ham result and the player of the year table can be found below.


69% – Nick Pope
8% – Josh Brownhill & James Tarkowski
5% – Charlie Taylor
3% – Erik Pieters
3% – Kevin Long
1% – Jay Rodriguez
1% – Dwight McNeil
1% – Phil Bardsley
0% – Ashley Westwood
0% – Matěj Vydra & Chris Wood


9.03 – Nick Pope
8.75 – James Tarkowski
8.56 – Josh Brownhill
8.34 – Charlie Taylor
8.13 – Jay Rodriguez
8.00 – Kevin Long
7.88 – Dwight McNeil
7.75 – Erik Pieters & Ashley Westwood
7.66 – Phil Bardsley
7.34 – Chris Wood
7.16 – Matej Vydra


168: James Tarkowski
105: Ben Mee
96: Dwight McNeil
77: Nick Pope
56: Charlie Taylor
43: Jeff Hendrick
39: Jay Rodriguez
32: Chris Wood
27: Matěj Vydra & Ashley Westwood
24: Aaron Lennon
21: Jack Cork
15: Josh Brownhill
14: Ashley Barnes
10: Phil Bardsley & Erik Pieters
8: Matt Lowton
3: Robbie Brady & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Danny Drinkwater, Joe Hart & Kevin Long

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