It was Charlie's day again at Derby
Charlie Austin repeated his two goal double at Pride Park last Saturday against Derby and landed himself yet another man of the match and player ratings award to go top of the Clarets Mad Player of the Year Table.
In a game where both managers agreed we were fortunate to win, Charlie turned things round for the Clarets after Jamie Ward had given the home side the lead. He scored the equaliser with an outstanding goal before heading home the winner with just over a minute of normal time remaining.
It won him both the man of the match and the player ratings, but only just, and it is no surprise to see the four best players on the day standing out in both.
He won the man of the match with 36.2% of the vote and that was just ahead of Ben Mee who polled 30.1% in his first league start of the season, coming in at left back for Joseph Mills.
Goalkeeper Lee Grant, probably my choice before Charlie completed his double, came third with a 20.4% share and Dean Marney took fourth place with just 5.7% of the vote.
In the player ratings, Austin won it just ahead of Grant. His rating of 8.38 out of 10 edging just over the 8.33 won by the goalkeeper. Mee was third this time with a rating of 8.14 and a rating of 7.67 was well ahead of the rest to give Marney fourth place.
The result of this game gives Austin the maximum 10 points in the Clarets Mad Player of the Year Table. Both Grant and Mee win five points with Marney getting two points.
Those points have now taken Austin to the top of the table. He's three points clear of Grant with Marney a further five points behind.
The vote for the Swindon game is still in progress but ends at midnight tonight. You can vote for your man of the match via the front page or from the VOTING POLLS page and the PLAYER RATINGS can be left on the message board. The Millwall vote will get underway tomorrow within an hour of the final whistle.
The result from the Derby game is below along with the current player of the year table.
MAN OF THE MATCH
36.2% - Charlie Austin (101 votes)30.1% - Ben Mee (84 votes) 20.4% - Lee Grant (57 votes) 5.7% - Dean Marney (16 votes) 1.8% - David Edgar (5 votes) 1.4% - Chris McCann (4 votes) 1.1% - Sam Vokes (3 votes) 0.7% - Martin Paterson, Jason Shackell & Cameron Stewart (2 votes) 0.4% - Junior Stanislas, Kieran Trippier & Ross Wallace (1 vote)
8.38 - Charlie Austin8.33 - Lee Grant8.14 - Ben Mee7.67 - Dean Marney6.76 - Martin Paterson6.24 - Chris McCann6.00 - Sam Vokes5.90 - Kieran Trippier5.57 - Jason Shackell5.52 - Ross Wallace5.43 - Junior Stanislas5.10 - David Edgar4.71 - Cameron Stewart
CLARETS MAD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
38: Charlie Austin35: Lee Grant30: Dean Marney19: Chris McCann15: Joseph Mills14: Kieran Trippier10: Brian Jensen9: Jason Shackell7: Ben Mee6: Marvin Bartley5: Brian Stock4: Junior Stanislas3: Martin Paterson2: Steven Hewitt & Ross Wallace1: Michael Duff
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