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Burnley fell to a 4-0 defeat at Spurs a week last Sunday and despite seeing the ball go past him four times the man of the match and the player ratings have both been won by goalkeeper Nick Pope.

It was a difficult day for us. On the back of the poor showing against West Brom a week earlier, we found ourselves a goal behind with not much over a minute gone, were soon 2-0 down and never recovered. Only a couple of outstanding Pope saves late in the day kept the score at four.

He won the man of the match with 48% of the vote with right back Matt Lowton taking second place with a 17% share. Third place was jointly won by Dwight McNeil and Matěj Vydra, both of whom won 9% of the vote.

No one scored seven out of ten for a good performance but Pope was closest in the player ratings with 6.72 while Lowton was again second with 6.15. We have to drop below six for third and fourth places taken by Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor with ratings of 5.26 and 5.11 out of 10 respectively.

This result has given Pope a further ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Lowton winning six points. There are two points for all of McNeil, Mee and Vydra and one point for Taylor.

Those points have proved to be significant with Pope returning to the top of the table with a two point lead over Tarkowski but he couldn’t prevent Tarkowski from winning the player of the month, in what was surely our busiest February ever. Pope had been the winner in both December and January but had to settle for third place this month behind Tarkowski and Lowton.

Voting is set to end tonight for the Arsenal man of the match and tomorrow we will bring you the Leicester result.

The Spurs result is below followed by the February player of the year result and the current player of the year table.


48% – Nick Pope
17% – Matt Lowton
9% – Dwight McNeil & Matěj Vydra
5% – Josh Brownhill
5% – Jack Cork
2% – Charlie Taylor
2% – James Tarkowski & Ashley Westwood
1% – Ben Mee & Jay Rodriguez


6.72 – Nick Pope
6.15 – Matt Lowton
5.26 – Ben Mee
5.11 – Charlie Taylor
4.98 – James Tarkowski & Ashley Westwood
4.96 – Dwight McNeil
4.91 – Jack Cork
4.77 – Matěj Vydra
4.75 – Jay Rodriguez
4.43 – Josh Brownhill


30: James Tarkowski
27: Matt Lowton
20: Nick Pope
17: Matěj Vydra
12: Dwight McNeil
10: Ben Mee & Bailey Peacock-Farrell
8: Ashley Westwood
5: Jack Cork & Jay Rodriguez
4: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Jimmy Dunne, Kevin Long, Erik Pieters & Charlie Taylor
1: Phil Bardsley & Dale Stephens


106: Nick Pope
98: James Tarkowski
69: Ben Mee
58: Charlie Taylor
53: Josh Brownhill
48: Dwight McNeil
43: Matt Lowton
29: Matěj Vydra
24: Jay Rodriguez & Ashley Westwood
22: Bailey Peacock-Farrell
20: Robbie Brady
19: Kevin Long
16: Jimmy Dunne
15: Phil Bardsley & Jack Cork
10: Josh Benson, Will Norris & Erik Pieters
6: Bobby Thomas
5: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4: Ashley Barnes & Chris Wood
3: Dale Stephens
2: Joel Mumbongo
1: Anthony Glennon

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