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It was a superb team performance in very difficult conditions and, storming past Dennis, James Tarkowski has yet again been voted our best player in the game.

He’s won both the man of the match vote and the player ratings for the seventh time this season although he was challenged closely in both by two different players.

Tarky won 32% of the man of the match vote and it was no surprise to see Matey Vydra take second place given the impact he had on the game which saw him score a brilliant winning goal. Vydra took 27% of the vote with Tarkowski’s defensive partner Ben Mee in third place with a 19% share. Jeff Hendrick finished just ahead of Charlie Taylor and Ashley Westwood to claim fourth place with a 5% share.

A rating of 8.82 out of 10 won the player ratings for Tarkowski but this time it was Mee in second place with  a rating of 8.54. Charlie Taylor was third; he had a rating of 7.95 while Vydra was in there again with a rating of 7.90 out of 10 which won him fourth place.

It’s another maximum ten points for Tarkowski towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year and he now has a 33 point lead over Mee who picked up five points. There were four points for Vydra, two for Taylor and one for Hendrick.

Dwight McNeil and Nick Pope are now 26 points behind Mee in joint third place but, with only twelve games remaining, Tarkowski really is going to take some catching, even by his captain.

The next vote will be underway this Saturday after the Bournemouth game. The Southampton result and the current player of the year table can be found below.


32% – James Tarkowski
27% – Matěj Vydra
19% – Ben Mee
5% – Jeff Hendrick
5% – Charlie Taylor & Ashley Westwood
1% – Jack Cork
1% – Phil Bardsley & Nick Pope
1% – Jay Rodriguez
1% – Chris Wood
1% – Dwight McNeil


8.82 – James Tarkowski
8.54 – Ben Mee
7.95 – Charlie Taylor
7.90 – Matěj Vydra
7.77 – Jeff Hendrick
7.72 – Ashley Westwood
7.38 – Phil Bardsley, Jack Cork, Nick Pope & Jay Rodriguez
7.00 – Dwight McNeil
6.28 – Chris Wood


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

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