brighton logo Player of the Month - September 2011

Five points out of a possible twelve have brought the Albion a bit more down to earth following their flying start to life in the nPower Championship.

Only one win came in the opening game of the month away at Bristol City and although we gave Liverpool a run for their money in the Carling Cup, September has proven just what a tough and open league we are now in.

Several players have stood out in the last five games though despite the alarming tail off in form that will need to be addressed sooner rather than later by Gus.

September 2011 Player of the Month - Liam Bridcutt (38.81% of the vote)
In a month in which the Albion took only five points from a possible fifteen, it was defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt who took the crown. He was one of the unsung heroes of last season and has continued that form in looking like one of the players who looks most comfortable with the step up. He has played every minute of September and it was shown just how much Brighton rely on his ability to win the ball back and dictate play when an early yellow card against Crystal Palace saw him unable to make the challenges he normally does and we subsequently fell apart in the second half.
Played 5 (5 starts, 0 sub). Scored 0.
Second: Craig Mackail-Smith (25.37% of the vote)
Craig Mackail-Smith finishes in the top three for the second month running, this time in second place. Despite criticism from some quarters following a poor start to the month including missing against Leicester from three yards, he bounced back to net three times in two games against Leeds and Palace.
Third: Craig Noone (19.4% of the vote)
Last months winner continued his good form to take third place. Despite the arrival of marquee signing Vicente from Valencia, he kept his place and was instrumental in the win at Bristol City and gave the Liverpool defence a torrid time on their visit to The Amex in the Carling Cup.


The contenders:
Ashley Barnes - Another three goals for the month means he leads the scoring charts with seven from 11 starts in all competitions. Most importantly two of them came from the penalty spot which looks to have buried last seasons curse from twelve yards.
Liam Bridcutt - Continues to look at home in the centre of midfield having made the step up to the Championship with apparent ease. If he carries on in this form, it surely won't be long until the offers from bigger clubs start coming in.
Lewis Dunk - The young defender continued his immense form from August before tailing off slightly after being rested for the visit of Liverpool. He has been rewarded with his first call up to the England under-21 squad for their upcoming European Championship Qualifiers.
Gordon Greer - The captain put in two dogged defensive performances at the start of the month, leading his side to a clean sheet at Bristol City and dealing admirably with Leicester's expensively assembled and dangerous front line.
Craig Mackail-Smith - Bizarrely attracted criticism from some quarters, Mackail-Smith answered in the best way possible with two goals in the last three games of September. Continues to impress with his workrate.
Craig Noone - Augusts' player of the month carried on where he left off by continuing to be the Albions tormenter in chief. Saw off the challenges of Will Buckley, Kazenga LuaLua and new signing Vicente to maintain his place as the teams wide man.