Shackell back on top after Ipswich win
Captain Jason Shackell conceded top spot to Sam Vokes in the Clarets Mad Player of the Year Table after the Reading home win, but he's back up there after another superb defensive display in the win at Ipswich.
Shackell was outstanding as the Clarets kept a sixth clean sheet this season in the league, assuring another victory once Scott Arfield had headed us in front with ten minutes remaining, and Shackell's performance won him the man of the match vote.
It was always between two players; the captain and the goalscorer. Shackell won it with 29.3% of the vote with Arfield securing second place with a 23.2% share. David Jones, whose performance included the pass of the season so far, was third. He had 16.4% of the vote and 10.8% of the vote gave Shackell's central defensive partner Michael Duff fourth place.
There was a somewhat different looking top four in the player ratings with Arfield and Duff not making the top four. Jones was the winner with a rating of 8.67 out of 10, just ahead of Shackell who was second with 8.50.
They were the only two players to pass eight and third and fourth places went to Dean Marney and Kieran Trippier with ratings of 7.83 and 7.75 out of 10.
Shackell won eight points towards the Clarets Mad Player of the Year. Just behind him was Jones with seven points and there were also three points for Arfield, two for Marney and one each for Duff and Trippier.
With the strikers, for once, having a quieter day, it allowed Shackell to move back to the top and go six points clear of Vokes who is a further nine points ahead of Danny Ings. Jones has now moved ahead of Trippier into fourth place.
The next vote will be the man of the match for the QPR game and you will be able to cast your vote within an hour of the final whistle.
Below is the Ipswich result and the current player of the year table.
MAN OF THE MATCH
29.3% - Jason Shackell23.2% - Scott Arfield16.4% - David Jones10.8% - Michael Duff5.6% - Dean Marney4.4% - Michael Kightly & Kieran Trippier2.8% - Ben Mee2.0% - Tom Heaton0.8% - Sam Vokes0.4% - Danny Ings
8.67 - David Jones8.50 - Jason Shackell7.83 - Dean Marney7.75 - Kieran Trippier7.67 - Michael Duff7.42 - Scott Arfield & Michael Kightly7.08 - Ben Mee6.92 - Sam Vokes6.83 - Tom Heaton6.58 - Danny Ings
CLARETS MAD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
58: Jason Shackell52: Sam Vokes43: Danny Ings38: David Jones35: Kieran Trippier24: Scott Arfield & Tom Heaton21: Keith Treacy15: Michael Duff8: Alex Cisak5: Michael Kightly & Junior Stanislas4: Dean Marney & Ben Mee3: Kevin Long
Source: Clarets Mad
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