Top man Lewis Dunk says he could not have asked for more from his debut season as skipper.

The centre-back was last night announced as player of the season for 2019-20 with 55% of the votes cast.

He also scooped players’ player of the year – for the second successive season.

Dunk admits he still has a lot to learn as captain.

But he was pleased to see his side break their Premier League points record and stay up with a bit to spare.

He said: “We stayed up and we got our record points so we couldn’t have asked for more in the end.

“We were struggling before lockdown, we didn’t have a win in 2020 and the pressure was building.

“I think every member of the team and staff worked their socks off and we came back and showed what a good team we can be.

“We got the points we needed when we came back and we finished the season strongly.”

He added: “I’ve been captain for the first year in my career and it has been a learning curv on that side.

“I’ve got a long way to go on that side of it and I’m enjoying the process of being a captain.”

Dunk believes he and his team are adapting well to the footballing ideas of head coach Graham Potter.

He said: “Watford away on the first day of the season was probably one of the best performances we had.

“A 3-0 win on the first day of the season, we couldn’t have asked for a better start. It shows how hard we were working on pre-season, including the gaffer to get his ways across to us.

“We are all enjoying his philosophies and we are getting more and more understanding of the ways he wants us to play during the season - and it showed in how we finished.”

Dunk’s fellow defender Warren O’Hora was named young player of the season.

Fliss Gibbons, the former striker who has relished a new role at left-back, was women’s player of the year.