Vote for your December player of the month

Voting is now open for December’s No Nay Never-Burnley Express player of the month award – here’s what happened through the month.

December was a mixed but encouraging month for the Clarets. The month started with a draw at home against Newcastle, with George Boyd getting the goal for Burnley. A defeat at QPR was followed by a sterling win against Southampton with Ashley Barnes kicking off what was an impressive month for him, grabbing the only goal at Turf Moor.

A disappointing loss at Tottenham saw Barnes net a sensational goal and Burnley’s sterling first half against Liverpool failed to pay off, with the Reds taking three points thanks to Raheem Sterling’s winner. The month finished in impressive fashion with a stellar comeback at the Etihad with goals from Boyd and Barnes. December saw Michael Keane really start to prove himself, and his performances were enough to warrant a permanent deal for the then Manchester United loanee.

How to vote

This season there are three ways to lodge your vote.

You can vote on Twitter by tweeting your nomination and reason why you’re voting for him, with the #claretsPOTM hashtag. We’ll include the best ones on the site.

And you can now vote by text message. Text the squad number of your nomination to 07520 615 224 – for example, to vote for Scott Arfield, your message should be just “37”.

Alternatively, you can vote online below.

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November’s award

November’s award went to Michael Keane, who took just over two-thirds of the poll. Clarets supporters have really taken the young defender to their hearts. Danny Ings was a long way behind in second place, with skipper Jason Shackell in third.

Who have you voted for? Comment below.

The small print: You can vote up to once by Twitter, once by text message and once on the website. In the case of multiple votes, your latest vote will be used and earlier votes discounted. Voting closes at 23:59 on 16 January 2015.

Vote for your November player of the month

Voting is now open for the No Nay Never – Burnley Express player of the month award for November.

It’s been an excellent month for the Clarets. After a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal we’ve been unbeaten in three and picked up our first two wins of the season.

Ashley Barnes headed in his first goal of the season against Hull, while a Danny Ings double and lots of heroic defending was enough to secure a 2-1 win at Stoke. Ings netted again in the final game of the month, scoring a late penalty against Villa and almost found a winner moments later. Alas it wasn’t to be, but 1-1 is still a strong result heading into a tough December.

Remember, this is your award – so make it count.

How to vote

This season there are three ways to lodge your vote.

You can vote on Twitter by tweeting your nomination and reason why you’re voting for him, with the #claretsPOTM hashtag. We’ll include the best ones on the site.

And you can now vote by text message. Text the squad number of your nomination to 07520 615 224 – for example, to vote for Scott Arfield, your message should be just “37”.

Alternatively, you can vote online below.

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What happened in October

Arsenal 3-0 Burnley

Not much to say here. We kept the Gunners at bay for most of the match, but once they got the first two more followed. Alexis Sanchez was incredible up top for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Burnley 1-0 Hull City

A win! An actual win! Just as the pundits were predicting we might not win a game all season Ashley Barnes, starting in place of Lukas Jutkiewicz, nodded in an excellent winner mid-way through the second half.

Stoke City 1-2 Burnley

This was even more impressive, as Burnley travelled to Stoke and took an early two-goal lead. First, Ashley Barnes brought down the ball excellently and squared it into the perfect position in the middle. Michael Kightly’s shot could only be parried into the feet of Danny Ings, who slotted home with ease. His second was just as simple; Michael Kightly was involved again as he made an excellent run down the left before playing in Ings to make it 2-0. Stoke pulled one back before the break, but Burnley made 74 clearances and the win was never really in doubt.

Burnley 1-1 Aston Villa

For much of this one it looked like our good form was over and it was back to disappointing home defeats. But with five minutes to go substitute Jutkiewicz was hauled down in the box and Danny Ings fired home his penalty with confidence. Ross Wallace came on and created our best two chances of the game in injury time – he played in Ings whose placed finish knocked agonisingly against the post the Juke’s headed drifted just wide of the far post. A draw was fair overall, but we really should have won it at the death.

October’s award

George Boyd picked up October’s player of the month award. Scott Arfield was a close second and Kieran Trippier was just behind in third.

Who have you voted for? Comment below.

The small-print: You can vote up to once by Twitter, once by text message and once on the website. In the case of multiple votes, your latest vote will be used and earlier votes discounted. Voting closes at 23:59 on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

Vote for October’s player of the month

Voting is now open for the No Nay Never – Burnley Express player of the month award for October.

Just the one point on the board this month, but there have certainly been a lot of positives. We’ve started scoring goals and are looking a lot more threatening on the ball. As we move forward, though, leaks are opening up at the back.

Remember, this is your award – so make it count.

How to vote

This season there are three ways to lodge your vote.

You can vote on Twitter by tweeting your nomination and reason why you’re voting for him, with the #claretsPOTM hashtag. We’ll include the best ones on the site.

And you can now vote by text message. Text the squad number of your nomination to 07520 615 224 – for example, to vote for Scott Arfield, your message should be just “37”.

Alternatively, you can vote online below.

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What happened in October

Leicester 2-2 Burnley

We scored some goals! No, really. After almost two months without a goal, Michael Kightly grabbed a deserved equaliser for the Clarets midway through the first-half, following a neat knock-down by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Unfortunately, Leicester restored their lead moments later. Unlikely hero Ross Wallace salvaged a very welcome point with a superb free-kick with 97 minutes on the clock.

Burnley 1-3 West Ham

The Clarets returned from the international break looking like a new team. In the first 45 minutes we carved Big Sam’s team open and should really have done better in front of goal. George Boyd smashed the crossbar in our closest attempt. Within ten minutes of the restart we were 2-0 behind after failing to defend balls into the box. Boyd pulled one back but our defence soon left Carlton Cole unmarked in the box to add a third for the visitors.

Burnley 1-3 Everton

Another 3-1 home defeat where we played well for a period but conceded sloppy goals. One of those was, surprise surprise, from a cross which Samuel Eto’o headed in on just three minutes. Danny Ings opened his account for the season with a superb goal, which launched 10-15 minutes of intense pressure from the Clarets. Sadly, it wasn’t to be as Romelu Lukaku finished off a 24-pass move, before Eto’o grabbed his second to make it 3-1 with a superb finish from distance.

Who have you voted for? Comment below.

The small-print: You can vote up to once by Twitter, once by text message and once on the website. In the case of multiple votes, your latest vote will be used and earlier votes discounted. Voting closes at 23:59 on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

David Jones is September player of the month

You have voted for David Jones as your player of the month for September 2014.

The midfielder took the No Nay Never – Burnley Express award with 26% of the vote, his first prize since joining last summer.

It’s probably fitting that the winner was one of those absent from the 4-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion. Jones did, though, play in the other two games that month in which the Clarets picked up respectable points against Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

Both those games finished 0-0 and Jones was part of a midfield unit that protected the defence so effectively. Both he and Dean Marney missed the West Brom game, and a makeshift midfield just couldn’t cope in their absence.

Jones said knowing the award was voted for by supporters makes it extra special.

“It’s always a great accolade when you’re voted for any award,” he said. “But when it is the fans who decide it’s special and I’m very grateful to be named as the player of the month by No Nay Never.

“Particularly so because I feel it could have been any one of the lads. It’s been a real team effort so far and I’m looking forward to be back fit and helping the team to get results and climb the table.”

Behind Jones, we have a joint second place for the first time. Michael Duff and Lukas Jutkiewicz both got 17% of the supporter vote.

Voting for the October award takes place immediately after the final whistle when the Clarets take on Everton at Turf Moor on Sunday 26th October.

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Scott Arfield is August player of the month

It’s been a tough old introduction to life in the Premier League so far.

Chelsea played at almost super-human level for large periods in the opener, Swansea taught us just how fine the margins are at this level, and then we had to follow that up against £61 million Angel Di Maria and Manchester United.

There have been lots of encouraging signs along the way though, and Scott Arfield is certainly one of them.

The Huddersfield Town cast-off has scored our only goal of the campaign so far – a screamer against Chelsea – and has really stood out in as the one player who has really adapted to the top flight immediately.

The first No Nay Never – Burnley Express player of the month award in the Premier League was only ever going to one player, and you voted Arfield as August’s top man by a whopping 73%.

In fact, his victory is so conclusive that for the first time ever we’re unable to award a third-place. Michael Duff was a long way behind in second with 20% and then nobody else came anywhere near.

Duff was written off by some fans at the start of the season but has been our most solid defender by some distance so far, up against some of the most talented attackers we’ll face all season. Sean Dyche brought in two players capable of playing in his position on deadline day, but in this form he won’t give up the shirt easily.

The Clarets have three games in September and will be hoping to pick up a few more points against Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Brom. Voting for the next POTM award will open immediately after the final-whistle at the Hawthorns. As always, we’ll have all the details here, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Here are some of our favourite tweets:

Player of the Month: August 2014

The NNN-BX Player of the Month award is back!

No Nay Never is again teaming up with the Burnley Express for the monthly prize, with Jason Shackell looking to retain the season award.

Here are the candidates for the August prize…

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It has been a difficult start to the season for the Clarets, with three defeats from four matches. Burnley started out with a 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea despite Scott Arfield giving Burnley an early lead, but goals from Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic turned it round before the break.

The Clarets were much better in their next game, but remained pointless after going down 1-0 to Swansea City. A first-half goal from ex-Claret Nathan Dyer settled the contest, but Burnley created enough chances to get a result in a much improved second half.

A Roses cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday offered Sean Dyche a chance to rotate his squad and after making seven changes to his team, Burnley went down to a late penalty converted by Adthe Nuhiu. Burnley won’t be too disappointed to be out of the Capital One Cup, but the performance was well below par.

The month was rounded out by Burnley’s first point of the new season as they were held 0-0 by Manchester United at Turf Moor. David Jones hit the bar and forced a smart save from David de Gea, while Tom Heaton had to be alert to keep out a Robin van Persie shot as British transfer record signing Angel di Maria made his debut for Louis van Gaal’s side. Jason Shackell, Scott Arfield and Michael Duff were all excellent for the Clarets.

Who is your August player of the month?