Cork and Eagles take Bramall Lane honours

21 October 2010 05:21
Jack Cork and Chris Eagles took the top two places in the man of the match vote and player ratings from our 3-3 draw last Saturday against Sheffield United, and that gives us a new leader towards the Clarets Mad Player of the Year. Chris Eagles is the new leader in the Clarets Mad Player of the Year TableGiven the lead Andre Bikey had a few weeks ago, it has been an incredible change with Chris Eagles now in top place by three points and Jack Cork only another three places below the central defender who has dropped to second place.Eagles was the man of the match winner for the third time in the last five games. He won it this time with a 34.7% share of the vote with Cork coming in second having taken 20.5%. Jay Rodriguez, who scored the third goal, and his third of the season, came in third with 13.7% of the vote.It was roles reversed with the player ratings with Cork coming out on top with a rating of 7.50 out of 10, but right behind was Eagles and midfielder Dean Marney who were in joint second place with both having a rating of 7.33 out of 10.Both Cork and Eagles, therefore, win five points from this game towards the Clarets Mad Player of the Year, with two points for Marney and one for Rodriguez.Eagles was no less than 19 points behind Bikey after the away game against Middlesbrough but since he has continued to claw back that deficit and has now, with these points, gone clear at the top. What was beginning to look like a one horse race a few weeks ago has very definitely changed now with three players certainly now very close and themselves well clear of the rest.Voting currently continues for the man of the match from the 3-0 win against Barnsley. That voting ends at the end of Friday with the Reading man of the match poll starting on Saturday evening.Clarets Mad Player of the Year Table33: Chris Eagles30: Andre Bikey27: Jack Cork15: Wade Elliott14: Clarke Carlisle13: Chris Iwelumo9: Brian Jensen5: Jay Rodriguez3: Dean Marney2: Leon Cort, Ross Wallace & Steven Thompson1: Graham Alexander, Danny Fox & Tyrone Mears