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Burnley came home from Wembley with a point last Sunday having drawn 1-1 against Spurs with Chris Wood, on his Clarets’ Premier League debut, scoring the equaliser in stoppage time.

It was a very good performance from us with good individual performances in all areas of the team, but the clear man of the match was central defender James Tarkowski who, undoubtedly, had his best game in a Burnley shirt.

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His performance has been recognised in both the man of the match vote and the player ratings, both of which he won. He won 31% of the man of the match vote. He was ahead for most of the time with the big challenge coming for second place between two players. That was won by Robbie Brady with 23%, just ahead of captain and goalkeeper Tom Heaton who won a 20% share.

The top four was completed with Scott Arfield, in his first Premier League start of the season. He came in for the injured Jeff Hendrick, playing in an advanced central role, before going into his more familiar wide position after the substitutions just before the hour. Arfield won 9% of the vote following his excellent performance.

It was the same top four in the player ratings although not quite the same order with all of them securing ratings over eight out of ten. Tarkowski made it a double, winning with a rating of 8.61 out of 10, just ahead of Heaton who was second with 8.58. Brady came in third with a rating of 8.27 with Arfield again fourth having won a rating of 8.03 out of 10.

Tarkowski, therefore, has won ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. Both Brady and Heaton have collected five points each with two points for Arfield.

This gives us our first player of the month and it’s joint winners for August with Jack Cork and Steven Defour both ending the month with 16 points, one ahead of Tarkowski who has 15. Sam Vokes with 11 and Brady on 10 points make it five players with double figures from the first four games of the season.

The next vote will come a week on Sunday after the home game against Crystal Palace. The Spurs result is below with the first player of the month result.


31% – James Tarkowski
23% – Robbie Brady
20% – Tom Heaton
9% – Scott Arfield
6% – Chris Wood
4% – Jack Cork
4% – Steven Defour
1% – Ben Mee
1% – Sam Vokes
1% – Stephen Ward
0% – Johann Berg Gudmundsson
0% – Ashley Barnes
0% – Matt Lowton


8.61 – James Tarkowski
8.58 – Tom Heaton
8.27 – Robbie Brady
8.03 – Scott Arfield
7.58 – Chris Wood
7.48 – Matt Lowton
7.30 – Jack Cork
7.24 – Stephen Ward
7.06 – Ben Mee
6.88 – Steven Defour
6.79 – Sam Vokes
6.52 – Ashley Barnes
5.79 – Johann Berg Gudmundsson


16: Jack Cork & Steven Defour
15: James Tarkowski
11: Sam Vokes
10: Robbie Brady
5: Tom Heaton & Charlie Taylor
3: Scott Arfield, Ben Mee & Stephen Ward
2: Jeff Hendrick

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