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Last Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea wasn’t a good one for the Clarets as we lost 2-0 when all our better performances came from the defenders.

Again, the top four in the man of the match vote were identical to the top four in the player ratings with James Tarkowski coming out on top. Quite often we’ve had runaway winners in the man of the match but this time it was very much a three way battle with Tarkowski finishing on top with 28% of the vote. He was just ahead of goalkeeper Nick Pope who secured 25% and he was followed by Matt Lowton with 22%. Ben Mee took fourth place with 10% of the vote.

Only four players, the same four players, scored above the average six out of ten in the player ratings on a difficult afternoon. Tarkowski was the highest with a rating of 6.98 out of 10 with Pope scoring 6.91. Just below them were Lowton and Mee  who secured ratings of 6.70 and 6.50 respectively.

That gave Tarkowski ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Pope winning six points alongside four points for Lowton and two points for Mee. It brought to an end the January fixtures leaving Pope as the player of the month, six points ahead of the two central defenders.

He leads the player of the year table too although his lead has now been reduced to eighteen points over Tarkowski with Mee a further nine points behind.

You still have time to cast your VOTE for the Manchester City man of the match. Voting will end tomorrow at 5 p.m. to allow the Brighton vote to get underway.

The Chelsea result is below, followed by the January player of the month result and the current player of the year table.


28% – James Tarkowski
25% – Nick Pope
22% – Matt Lowton
10% – Ben Mee
5% – Jack Cork
2% – Matěj Vydra
2% – Robbie Brady & Erik Pieters
1% – Ashley Westwood
1% – Dwight McNeil
1% – Jay Rodriguez
0% – Chris Wood
0% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson


6.98 – James Tarkowski
6.91 – Nick Pope
6.70 – Matt Lowton
6.50 – Ben Mee
5.55 – Jack Cork
5.32 – Erik Pieters
5.20 – Chris Wood
5.18 – Ashley Westwood
5.00 – Robbie Brady
4.91 – Dwight McNeil
4.88 – Matěj Vydra
4.79 – Jay Rodriguez
4.77 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson


30: Nick Pope
24: Ben Mee & James Tarkowski
18: Dwight McNeil
10: Robbie Brady, Jack Cork, Will Norris & Jay Rodriguez
6: Matt Lowton
5: Matěj Vydra
2: Josh Brownhill, Joel Mumbongo & Bailey Peacock-Farrell
1: Ashley Barnes, Anthony Glennon & Dale Stephens


86: Nick Pope
68: James Tarkowski
59: Ben Mee
56: Charlie Taylor
53: Josh Brownhill
36: Dwight McNeil
20: Robbie Brady
19: Jay Rodriguez
17: Kevin Long
16: Matt Lowton & Ashley Westwood
14: Phil Bardsley & Jimmy Dunne
12: Bailey Peacock-Farrell & Matěj Vydra
10: Josh Benson, Jack Cork & Will Norris
8: Erik Pieters
6: Bobby Thomas
4: Ashley Barnes & Chris Wood
2: Joel Mumbongo & Dale Stephens
1: Anthony Glennon & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson

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