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It might have been a losing return for James Tarkowski on his first return to Brentford as a Burnley player but it was another good performance for the Clarets’ acting captain who was a comfortable winner in both our man of the match vote and player ratings.

He was an easy winner for the man of the match, polling 59% of the vote with no other player reaching double figures. Jay Rodriguez, who came closest to scoring for us having come on as a substitute, was second with 8%. A 7% share gave Nathan Collins third place while Charlie Taylor claimed fourth place with 6% of the vote.

Three of those four players were in the top four of the player ratings too. Tarkowski was again the winner with a rating of 6.77 out of ten. Nick Pope was second and he had a rating of 6.21 while Rodriguez, who was third, was the only player to receive a rating of average with exactly six. Collins came fourth with a rating of 5.79 out of ten

That’s given Tarkowski ten points towards the player of the year with five points for Rodriguez. Both Collins and Pope picked up three points with Taylor winning one point.

Tarkowski, winner of the player of the year for each of the past three seasons, now looks to be heading for a fourth win having gone 24 points clear of second place Taylor and Taylor is now just one point ahead of Pope. Below the top three, just eight points separate the next six players in the table, from Collins on 53 points to Josh Brownhill who has 45 points.

That’s it for March with just three games played. Aaron Lennon has joined the monthly winners due to his performances against Leicester and Chelsea in a month that ended, as it started, with Burnley on 21 points.

Now for a much busier April which kicks off with league leaders Manchester City at the Turf on Saturday, 2nd April and that will be our next vote.

The Brentford result, the player of the month result and the player of the year table are all below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

59% – James Tarkowski
8% – Jay Rodriguez
7% – Nathan Collins
6% – Charlie Taylor
6% – Nick Pope
4% – Josh Brownhill
3% – Maxwel Cornet
2% – Aaron Lennon & Wout Weghorst
1% – Dwight McNeil
1% – Connor Roberts
1% – Ashley Westwood

PLAYER RATINGS

6.77 – James Tarkowski
6.21 – Nick Pope
6.00 – Jay Rodriguez
5.79 – Nathan Collins
5.44 – Maxwel Cornet
5.28 – Josh Brownhill
5.23 – Charlie Taylor
4.99 – Wout Weghorst
4.93 – Aaron Lennon
4.88 – Connor Roberts
4.70 – Dwight McNeil
4.00 – Ashley Westwood

UP THE CLARETS MARCH PLAYER OF THE MONTH

16: Aaron Lennon
14: Nick Pope
13: James Tarkowski
9: Josh Brownhill
5: Jay Rodriguez
4: Dwight McNeil
3: Nathan Collins
2: Maxwel Cornet
1: Connor Roberts & Charlie Taylor

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

94: James Tarkowski
67: Charlie Taylor
66: Nick Pope
53: Nathan Collins
52: Aaron Lennon & Dwight McNeil
49: Ben Mee
48: Maxwel Cornet
45: Josh Brownhill
26: Matt Lowton
23: Wout Weghorst
21: Jay Rodriguez
20: Wayne Hennessey
16: Connor Roberts
13: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
12: Matěj Vydra
11: Chris Wood
10: Phil Bardsley
7: Erik Pieters
6: Dale Stephens
5: Jack Cork
1: Ashley Westwood

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