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Last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Newcastle was hardly the most exciting game of the season but one massive positive for us was the latest clean sheet and another outstanding defensive display from the Clarets.

Not for the first time this season, that performance was led by James Tarkowski who yet again was the man of the match and the player ratings winner with two of his fellow defenders and the goalkeeper joining him in the top four.

He polled 48% of the man of the match vote, ahead of Charlie Taylor who won a 27% share. Tarky’s central defensive partner Ben Mee was third with 12% while goalkeeper Nick Pope came in fourth having secured 6% of the vote.

With the one missing defender Phil Bardsley coming in fifth in the player ratings, the top four was identical to that in the vote. Tarkowski won it with a rating of 8.58 while Taylor at 8.03 was again second. Mee wasn’t too far behind with 7.98 while a rating of 7.08 out of 10 allowed Pope to claim fourth place.

The result gave Tarkowski the maximum ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Taylor winning six points alongside four points for Mee and two for Pope and those points ensured Tarkowski was again player of the month, for the third time this season, beating Taylor who was in second place.

Tarkowski is also now 39 points clear of Mee in the player of the year table and that’s a big lead to have with only ten games remaining. It would take a remarkable turnaround for one of our central defenders not to win it. Since the launch of Up the Clarets, both Tarkowski (last season) and Mee (2016/17) have been previous winners.

The Newcastle result is below and the next vote will be underway this evening after today’s home game against Spurs.

MAN OF THE MATCH

48% – James Tarkowski
27% – Charlie Taylor
12% – Ben Mee
6% – Nick Pope
3% – Jeff Hendrick
1% – Matěj Vydra
1% – Jay Rodriguez & Chris Wood
1% – Phil Bardsley & Ashley Westwood
0% – Jack Cork & Dwight McNeil

PLAYER RATINGS

8.58 – James Tarkowski
8.03 – Charlie Taylor
7.98 – Ben Mee
7.08 – Nick Pope
6.93 – Phil Bardsley
6.15 – Ashley Westwood
6.00 – Chris Wood
5.98 – Jack Cork
5.95 – Jeff Hendrick
5.90 – Jay Rodriguez
5.78 – Matěj Vydra
5.45 – Dwight McNeil

UP THE CLARETS FEBRUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

24: James Tarkowski
18: Charlie Taylor
11: Ben Mee
10: Dwight McNeil & Matěj Vydra
6: Matt Lowton
5: Nick Pope
3: Jay Rodriguez
1: Jeff Hendrick

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

130: James Tarkowski
91: Ben Mee
71: Dwight McNeil
66: Nick Pope
52: Charlie Taylor
43: Jeff Hendrick
31: Jay Rodriguez
30: Chris Wood
26: Ashley Westwood
24: Aaron Lennon
18: Jack Cork
17: Matěj Vydra
14: Ashley Barnes
10: Erik Pieters
8: Phil Bardsley & Matt Lowton
3: Robbie Brady & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Danny Drinkwater & Joe Hart

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