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On Monday of last week, we beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage to ensure safety in the Premier League while condemning Fulham to an immediate relegation back to the Championship.

It was a clean sheet for the Clarets, an eleventh of the season and an eighth in away games, with central James Tarkowski having an outstanding game as part of a defence that never gave Fulham a chance of getting into the game.

Tarkowksi’s performance won him both the man of the match and the player ratings although it was a close call for the man of the match which he won with 29% of the vote, just ahead of Matěj Vydra who had 27%. Chris Wood, who scored the second goal right on half time, was third with 18% while Ashley Westwood, who was in great form in midfield and scored the opener, came fourth with a 15% share of the vote.

The two strikers swapped places in the player ratings behind Tarkowski who was again the winner with a rating of 8.35 out of 10. Wood scored 8.02 with Vydra on 7.82. Ben Mee claimed fourth place with a rating of 7.75 out of 10.

That gave Tarkowski ten points towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with both Vydra and Wood collecting five votes alongside one point each for Mee and Westwood. Those points were very much significant for Tarkowski who has moved top of the table with three games to go. He’s now on 115 points with Nick Pope on 112. They are now the only two players who can win our player of the year.

The Leeds vote closes tonight with the Liverpool vote getting underway tomorrow night sometime after the game has finished.

The Fulham result and the current player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

29%  – James Tarkowski
27% – Matěj Vydra
18% – Chris Wood
12% – Ashley Westwood
5% – Ben Mee
5% – Matt Lowton
1% – Charlie Taylor
1% – Josh Brownhill
1% – Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil & Nick Pope
0% – Jay Rodriguez

PLAYER RATINGS

8.35 – James Tarkowski
8.02 – Chris Wood
7.82 – Matěj Vydra
7.75 – Ben Mee
7.47 – Matt Lowton
7.33 – Ashley Westwood
7.16 – Charlie Taylor
6.91 – Nick Pope
6.77 – Jack Cork
6.39 – Josh Brownhill
5.93 – Jay Rodriguez
5.60 – Dwight McNeil

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

115: James Tarkowski
112: Nick Pope
82: Ben Mee
69: Matěj Vydra
68: Chris Wood
67: Dwight McNeil
66: Charlie Taylor
62: Josh Brownhill
47: Matt Lowton
27: Ashley Westwood
24: Bailey Peacock-Farrell & Jay Rodriguez
21: Erik Pieters
20: Robbie Brady
19: Jack Cork & Kevin Long
16: Jimmy Dunne
15: Phil Bardsley
10: Josh Benson & Will Norris
6: Bobby Thomas
5: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4: Ashley Barnes
3: Dale Stephens
2: Joel Mumbongo
1: Anthony Glennon

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