Heaton saves at Leeds take him to the top
Tom Heaton made two big and important saves at Leeds, the best of which was the point blank save on the line to deny El Hadji Diouf in the second half with the score at 2-0.
Those saves, coupled with his overall performance, have won him both the man of the match vote and the player ratings for this game, our third away win in the league this season.
In what was, overall, an outstanding team performance, it is surprising that one player polled as much as 42.8% of the vote for the man of the match, but that was Heaton's total in taking first place.
Sam Vokes, who gave the Leeds defence a very difficult afternoon and scored our second goal, was in second place. He had 24.7% of the vote and that was ahead of Scott Arfield, who opened the scoring and claimed 12.2% to take third place, and Jason Shackell who was fourth with just a 4.1% share.
The same players were all right up there in the player ratings too with Heaton becoming the first player to hit nine out of ten this season; his rating was exactly nine.
Again Vokes was in second place and not far behind either. He had a rating of 8.86, and with eight players scoring eight or more, Shackell was third with a rating of 8.29 and just behind a rating of 8.21 out of 10 gave both Arfield and Michael Duff joint fourth place.
The points awarded for the Clarets Mad Player of the Year are the maximum ten for Heaton and six for Vokes. Behind them, both Arfield and Shackell won three points with Duff collecting one point.
It's helped Shackell to increase his lead at the top of the table again; he's now twenty points clear of Danny Ings in second place and below that there are five other players within ten points of that second place.
The voting for the Preston game continues until the end of tomorrow. You can vote for the man of the match either from the front page of the site or directly from the VOTING POLLS page. The Player Ratings can be posted on Eli's Message Board.
The Charlton vote will start within an hour of the final whistle on Saturday.
Below are the result from the Leeds game and the current Clarets Mad Player of the Year Table.
MAN OF THE MATCH
42.8% - Tom Heaton24.7% - Sam Vokes12.2% - Scott Arfield4.1% - Jason Shackell3.7% - Dean Marney3.3% - Michael Duff2.2% - Danny Ings & Michael Kightly1.8% - David Jones1.5% - Kieran Trippier0.7% - David Edgar & Ben Mee
9.00 - Tom Heaton8.86 - Sam Vokes8.29 - Jason Shackell8.21 - Scott Arfield & Michael Duff8.14 - Danny Ings & Dean Marney8.00 - David Jones7.86 - Michael Kightly7.36 - Kieran Trippier7.21 - Ben Mee6.00 - David Edgar
CLARETS MAD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
48: Jason Shackell28: Danny Ings26: Kieran Trippier & Sam Vokes24: Tom Heaton20: David Jones18: Keith Treacy15: Scott Arfield8: Alex Cisak5: Junior Stanislas4: Michael Duff3: Kevin Long2: Dean Marney
Source: Clarets Mad
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