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December kicked off for the Clarets with a 1-1 home draw against Everton in a game our manager Sean Dyche described as almost being about the two goalkeepers who both had outstanding games.

While Jordan Pickford was on top form for Everton, t is no surprise that Nick Pope’s performance has won him both the man of the match and player ratings on Up the Clarets.

He picked up 46% of the man of the match vote with Robbie Brady, scorer of our goal on his return to the side, thoroughly deserving his second place after securing a 26% share. Matt Lowton partnered Brady well down the right hand side and won third place with 14% while midfielder Josh Brownhill had 5% of the vote and fourth place.

It was the same top two in the player ratings, Pope winning it with a score of 8.17 out of 10 while 7.74 gave Brady second place. Here, the two central defenders took the next two places, Tarkowski in third place with 7.37 and Mee scoring 7.30 out of 10 to win fourth place.

This result has given Pope ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Brady winning six points. There were two points for both Lowton and Tarkowski while Brownhill and Mee won one point each.

Charlie Taylor still leads the race for the player of the year but his lead has now been cut to just five points with Pope moving into second place. Brownhill, despite dropping a place, is just four points behind Pope in third place with Tarkowski, winner in each of the last two seasons, remaining in fourth place.

You can still VOTE for your man of the match against Arsenal but voting closes at the end of today and below you can see the Everton result along with the current player of the year table.


46% – Nick Pope
26% – Robbie Brady
14% – Matt Lowton
5% – Josh Brownhill
2% – Ben Mee
2% -Jay Rodriguez & Ashley Westwood
1% – Dwight McNeil
1% – Charlie Taylor
1% – James Tarkowski & Chris Wood


8.17 – Nick Pope
7.74 – Robbie Brady
7.37 – James Tarkowski
7.30 – Ben Mee
7.15 – Matt Lowton
7.11 – Josh Brownhill
6.46 – Chris Wood
6.44 – Charlie Taylor
6.33 – Ashley Westwood
6.15 – Jay Rodriguez
6.11 – Dwight McNeil


40: Charlie Taylor
35: Nick Pope
31: Josh Brownhill
22: James Tarkowski
18: Dwight McNeil
17: Kevin Long
16: Ben Mee
14: Phil Bardsley & Jimmy Dunne
11: Ashley Westwood
10: Josh Benson & Bailey Peacock-Farrell
9: Jay Rodriguez
8: Erik Pieters
7: Matt Lowton & Matej Vydra
6: Robbie Brady & Bobby Thomas
4: Chris Wood
3: Ashley Barnes
1: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson & Dale Stephens

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