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Another man of the match performance in the 1-1 draw has ensured James Tarkowski has become the Up the Clarets Player of the Year for the second successive season.

More often than not it’s been a battle between the defenders. Ben Mee just pipped Michael Keane in this website’s first full season in 2016/17. Mee is currently in second place this season while just Charlie Taylor came between them last season. The 2017/18 season was the exception with Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson winning the award ahead of Nick Pope and Steven Defour.

Tarkowski has, for some time, looked the likely winner and the main threat from Mee disappeared after the Palace game. That left Tarky just one performance away from clinching it and that duly came against Sheffield United when, once again, he was in form at the back and also scored our goal, his second of the season and his first at home since he scored the winner against Brighton in December 2018.

He as a clear winner in the man of the match, polling 67% of the vote with newest signing Josh Brownhill taking second place with 14%. Kevin Long, who came in for the injured Mee, was third with 5% while a 3% share of the vote saw Jay Rodriguez take third place.

The same two players took the top two places in the player ratings. Tarkowski had a rating of 7.91 out of 10 to give him first place and Brownhill scored 7.23. Third and fourth places this time went to Phil Bardsley and Nick Pope who had ratings of 6.91 and 6.83 respectively.

This result has given Tarkowski ten points on the player of the year table. Brownhill has won six points with two each to Bardsley and Long and one each to Pope and Rodriguez.

It all means, with five games to go, Tarkowski’s lead at the top of the table is now 57 ahead of Mee who still sits nine points clear of third place Dwight McNeil.

We will have the West Ham result tomorrow but you can still VOTE for your man of the match against Liverpool, that ends tomorrow night.

The Sheffield United result and the player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

67% – James Tarkowski
14% – Josh Brownhill
5% – Kevin Long
3% – Jay Rodriguez
3% – Charlie Taylor
2% – Ashley Westwood
2% – Erik Pieters
2% – Nick Pope
1% – Phil Bardsley
1% – Dwight McNeil & Matěj Vydra
1% – Chris Wood

PLAYER RATINGS

7.91 – James Tarkowski
7.23 – Josh Brownhill
6.91 – Phil Bardsley
6.83 – Nick Pope
6.80 – Jay Rodriguez
6.60 – Ashley Westwood
6.51 – Erik Pieters
6.40 – Charlie Taylor
6.37 – Kevin Long
6.11 – Matěj Vydra
6.03 – Dwight McNeil
5.63 – Chris Wood

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

162: James Tarkowski
105: Ben Mee
96: Dwight McNeil
67: Nick Pope
54: Charlie Taylor
43: Jeff Hendrick
39: Jay Rodriguez
32: Chris Wood
27: Matěj Vydra & Ashley Westwood
24: Aaron Lennon
21: Jack Cork
14: Ashley Barnes
10: Phil Bardsley, Josh Brownhill & Erik Pieters
8: Matt Lowton
3: Robbie Brady & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
2: Danny Drinkwater, Joe Hart & Kevin Long

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