brighton logo Player of the Month - October 2011

Games against Ipswich, Hull, West Ham and Birmingham were always going to make October a difficult month but three points from a possible fifteen left the Albion 23rd in the form table and without a win since September 10th.

Gus Poyet acknowledged that perhaps some of his players weren't up to it with the arrival of Gonzalo Jara Reyes and Steve Harper on-loan, but it still hasn't stopped the rot.

What hasn't helped is the fact we only managed to score two goals all month, with Vicente and Craig Noone the men on target as we drew blanks in three of the five games.

October 2011 Player of the Month - Craig Noone (30.56% of the vote)
Craig Noone added his second player of the month award as one of the only Brighton and Hove Albion players to come out of October with much credit. After coming off the bench at Ipswich and home to Hull in the first two games of the month, he scored one of only two goals that the Seagulls netted in their five games with a smart volley from a Craig Mackail-Smith cross away at Millwall and impressed again in front of a national audience on the Sky Sports broadcast game at home to West Ham. At this rate, it won't be long before the big boys come sniffing
Played 5 (3 starts, 2 sub). Scored 1.
Second: Gonzalo Jara Reyes (16.67% of the vote)
If anything sums up how poor October was, it is that a loanee who played in just two games came second in player of the month. The Chilean international impressed with his defensive solidness and his ability on the ball in his appearances against West Ham United and Birmingham City.
Third: Craig Mackail-Smith (13.89% of the vote)
Third was a dead-heat between Craig Mackail-Smith and Gordon Greer so we asked listeners to November's Albion Moan In to tweet us there pick from the two and they went with CMS. Although he didn't score in the month, he assisted Noone's goal at Millwall and his work rate is still phenomenal


The contenders:
Casper Ankergren - A mixed month for the goalkeeper. Pulled off a couple of superb saves against Hull City to preserve a clean sheet and in the first half at Millwall before failing to deal with the Lions' long range goal that ultimately cost him his place.
Liam Bridcutt - Had his first really poor game for the club against West Ham when giving the ball away for Kevin Nolan's goal, but still looks like a player who is at home at this level. Makes the side tick and when he doesn't play well neither do the Albion.
Gordon Greer - The captain continued his fine season with another decent October. Played a huge role in the clean sheets against Birmingham and Hull and dealt admirably with West Ham's John Carew who gave him the run around last season at Stoke.
Steve Harper - Only played twice in October but the on-loan goalkeeper did well in both. Bought much needed stability to the defence, comfortable with the ball at his feet and deals with every high ball into the box. Unlucky not to have two clean sheets from two games.
Craig Mackail-Smith - May not have scored in October but his work rate is still impressive. Looked extremely lively at Millwall including a superb assist for Craig Noone's volley. Needs more service if he is to reach his potential.
Craig Noone - The former Plymouth man is undoubtedly the player of the season so far. Scored at Millwall and ran an extremely effective and experienced West Ham side ragged. Premier League clubs will no doubt have an eye on him before too long.
Gonzalo Jara Reyes - Most thought he would slot into the middle of the park but has played at right back so far. Not as attacking as Inigo Calderon, he looks different class on impressed against both West Ham and Birmingham.
Vicente - His appearances in October have once again been limited by injury, but when he has played looks like he can be the key man. Incredible goal at Ipswich and pulled the strings against Hull. The Albion need to get him fit and keep him fit ASAP.