Grant was the top man in The Valley

07 March 2013 02:27
Goalkeeper Lee Grant was the Burnley player voted the best in Saturday's 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic at The Valley and he's now a very serious challenger to Charlie Austin for the Clarets Mad Player of the Year.

Grant kept a clean sheet, his 11th of the season, and his performance included one save from Danny Haynes which was from the top drawer. Even so, he had to settle for third place in the man of the match vote.

That was won by new signing Alexander Kačaniklić who won it with 18.2% of the vote, just ahead of Austin who picked up a 17.2% share. Grant had 15.3% and just below in joint fourth place were David Edgar and Kevin Long who both polled 13.9% of the vote.

The result in the player ratings was completely different. Grant was the winner here with a rating of 8.42 out of 100 on a day when nine of our players registered a rating of seven or above.

Martin Paterson, who had his best game in some time, was second. His rating was 7.95 and below him were Long, in third place with 7.74 and Austin who took the fourth place and his rating was 7.58 out of 10.

The result gave Grant the most number of points. He picked up seven with Kačaniklić getting five debut points. There were also four points for Austin, 3 for both Long and Paterson and one for Edgar.

The battle between goalkeeper and goal scorer at the top of the player of the year table could not be closer with Austin now holding just a one point advantage over Grant who took advantage of Austin's absence recently.

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The Charlton result, and the current Player of the Year Table, can be found below.


18.2% - Alexander Kačaniklić17.2% - Charlie Austin15.3% - Lee Grant13.9% - David Edgar & Kevin Long7.2% - Jason Shackell6.7% - Martin Paterson3.3% - Junior Stanislas1.9% - Marvin Bartley1.4% - Danny Lafferty1.0% - Kieran Trippier


8.42 - Lee Grant7.95 - Martin Paterson7.74 - Kevin Long7.58 - Charlie Austin7.53 - Jason Shackell7.16 - Kieran Trippier7.11 - David Edgar7.05 - Danny Lafferty7.00 - Alexander Kačaniklić6.42 - Junior Stanislas6.32 - Marvin Bartley


106: Charlie Austin105: Lee Grant82: Dean Marney71: Brian Stock63: Kieran Trippier61: Michael Duff52: Jason Shackell49: Danny Lafferty43: Chris McCann40: Ben Mee34: Danny Ings28: Kevin Long22: Sam Vokes21: Junior Stanislas & Keith Treacy19: Ross Wallace18: Brian Jensen15: Joseph Mills13: Martin Paterson9: Marvin Bartley8: David Edgar5: Alexander Kačaniklić2: Steven Hewitt1: Dane Richards

Source: Clarets Mad