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It was another defeat for Burnley at Crystal Palace, a nineteenth in the Premier League season, as Palace took the points with a 3-0 victory against us.

Josh Cullen came on some eight minutes from the end of the first half, replacing Zeki Amdouni following Josh Brownhill’s red card, and at least he showed some fight in a performance that we hoped wouldn’t come after the Arsenal effort a week earlier.

Cullen started the first ten league games of the season but was ruled out of the Palace home game at the beginning of November having picked up a fifth yellow card at Bournemouth a week earlier. He’s virtually been on the naughty step since with only one more start, that at home against Luton when illness ruled out Sander Berge.

But he came on in this game and at least showed some fight in an abject performance that seemed, even with eleven men, to be nothing more than hoping we might keep a clean sheet and win a point.

Cullen won 28% of the man of the match vote with Berge in second place having secured a 15% share. David Datro Fofana, who had a goal ruled out for an offside late in the game, was third with 11% and, somewhat surprisingly given his contribution to the red card, James Trafford was fourth with 10% of the vote.

The ratings were again very low and the average rating was even lower than it had been for the Arsenal game. Cullen was again the winner with a rating of 5.40 out of ten, followed by Dara O’Shea, the pick of the defence, who rated 4.83. Fofana was third again with a rating of 4.67 and Lorenz Assignon took fourth place with 4.57 out of ten.

That means ten points for Cullen towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Fofana won four points with three each for Berge and O’Shea. Assignon and Trafford both picked up one point.

This being the last game in February, we have the player of the month winner and that’s been won by Fofana in his first full month at Burnley. He had six points more than Berge and O’Shea who were joint second.

The monthly winners have been: Lyle Foster (August and October), Luca Koleosho (September), Berge (November and December), O’Shea (January) and Fofana (February).

There has been very little change in the player of the year table, other than Berge extending his lead at the top to 44 points.

The next vote will be underway this Sunday after the home game against Bournemouth. The Palace result, the February player of the month result and the current player of the year table are all below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

28% – Josh Cullen
15% – Sander Berge
11% – David Datro Fofana
10% – James Trafford
9% – Dara O’Shea
8% – Charlie Taylor
4% – Lorenz Assignon & Josh Brownhill
4% – Maxime Estève
3% – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
2% – Zeki Amdouni
1% – Wilson Odobert

PLAYER RATINGS

5.40 – Josh Cullen
4.83 – Dara O’Shea
4.67 – David Datro Fofana
4.57 – Lorenz Assignon
4.50 – Charlie Taylor
4.40 – Maxime Estève
4.33 – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
4.23 – Sander Berge
3.67 – Wilson Odobert
3.50 – James Trafford
3.43 – Josh Brownhill
3.33 – Zeki Amdouni

UP THE CLARETS FEBRUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

22: David Datro Fofana
16: Sander Berge & Dara O’Shea
13: Lorenz Assignon
10: Josh Cullen
6: Jay Rodriguez
4: Maxime Estève & James Trafford
1: Hannes Delcroix & Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

110: Sander Berge
66: Lyle Foster
61: Dara O’Shea
58: James Trafford
54: Luca Koleosho
37: Jordan Beyer
32: Charlie Taylor
29: Josh Brownhill
28: David Datro Fofana
27: Wilson Odobert
22: Ameen Al-Dakhil
20: Josh Cullen
15: Zeki Amdouni & Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
14: Hannes Delcroix
13: Lorenz Assignon
12: Arijanet Muric & Vitinho
11:Hjalmar Ekdal
8: Anass Zaroury
7: Jacob Bruun Larsen & Jay Rodriguez
5: Aaron Ramsey
4: Maxime Estève & Nathan Redmond

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