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Impressed Lambert: Delph deserves prestigious fan award

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Impressed Lambert: Delph deserves prestigious fan award


Paul Lambert was quick to back the decision of fans to make Fabian Delph their player of the year.

Delph was confirmed as the top star of the season this week.

Delph clocked up sufficient votes to ensure he couldn't be caught in the game-by-game voting system.

The midfield marauder earned 45 points - that's 21 points ahead of second place Ron Vlaar.

With three points for No.1 spot, two points for No.2 spot and one point for No.3 spot, Delph couldn't be overhauled at the top when the figures were assessed late on in the campaign.

Delph has been in brilliant form and this has been illustrated by the voting.

He has won 11 man-of-the-match votes this term - a record for the competition.

Leandro Bacuna and Gabby Agbonlahor finished joint No.3 with 20 points, Marc Albrighton is No.5 with 19 points while Christian Benteke is No.6 with 13 points.

Delph will be honoured with the award officially at the end of season dinner.

Asked whether Delph was a worthy winner, Lambert said: "Yes. He's been fantastic for us.

"There's been some really good performances from a few of the lads. But Fabian has been excellent. He seems to be getting better all the time. I think that's correct.

"Westy has been consistent too. There's a few who have done great."

The Terrace Trophy, sponsored by Mars, was an award synonymous with the club for two decades.

It made a comeback six seasons ago, with Stiliyan Petrov winning the reintroduced award in the first campaign back, while other previous victors include James Milner.

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By @AVFCOfficial 9th May 2014
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