WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - December 2011
the month of goodwill to all men, and a combination of
Albion's performances and some shocking refereeing
saw us hand out gifts of victories to four of December's
Only Nottingham Forest were seen off in
the final month of arguably the greatest year in the
clubs history and that was far from convincing with a
last minute winner.
Craig Pawson wrote himself into
Seagulls folklore with his officiating against Burnley
and the inability to score on the road continued with
blanks drawn in every away game.
Indeed, Will Buckley was the
only man to hit the target in December with his 90th minute
winner against the Tricky Trees.
Player of the Month - Adam El-Abd (25.53% of the
In his first month back after
injury, Adam El-Abd claims the December award.
It says much about the torrid time the Albion
were given in the last month of
2011 when a man who only started three games,
lost all three and scored an own goal can win
the accolade, but it was in difficult
circumstances that last seasons
player-of-the-season returned. He
completed an outstanding 90 minutes in the Burnley debacle and was
solid enough despite deflecting the ball past
Casper Ankergren at Reading and being on the
losing side again away at Coventry.
starts). Scored 0.
Second: Will Buckley (18.09% of the vote)
Finally fit after a barrage of injury problems,
Will Buckley made his mark on the side by scoring the only goal in the only
win with his last minute strike against
Nottingham Forest. His only start came at
Reading but his substitute appearances in the
other four games got him into second place.
Third: Craig Noone (12.77% of the vote)
Craig Noone returned to the top three after
missing out for the first time this season last
month. He had a fine game in the unorthordox
position of wing back after coming on in the
Burnley game and also started against Coventry
there and continued to look dangerous going
- Recovered from the disaster of that Watford
game with a set of performances that reaffirmed
his value to the club, including an assist for
Romain Vincelot against Coventry.
Will Buckley -
Scorer of the only goal of the month with
another super-sub performance from the bench
against Nottingham Forest. Has looked lively
when played now that his injury woes from
earlier in the campaign look behind him.
Lewis Dunk - Helped earn three points
over Forest with his clearance of the goal line
and continued to impress at the heart of the
defence, especially during testing circumstances
when down to nine men against Burnley.
Adam El-Abd - Made his long-awaited
return at the end of November and has his first
starts in December. A great performance in his
first ninety minutes against Burnley and did a
decent job covering the injury crisis at right
|| Gordon Greer -
A difficult month for the defence in which the
captain again shone. Was superb against
Nottingham Forest in preserving a clean sheet
and impressed in the nine man display against
Kazenga LuaLua -
Finally began to make an impact on the season
after his permanent signing from Newcastle.
Dangerous whenever he has started and unlucky
not to score at Middlesbrough with a trademark
30 yard effort that smashed against the post.
Craig Mackail-Smith -
A goalless month for the Albion's record signing
although the lack of service hasn't helped him.
Worked tirelessly against Burnley on his own up
front and continues to be arguably the most
popular player at the club.
Craig Noone - A quieter month by his
standards so far this season. Did well against
Burnley when introduced and has done well in
difficult circumstances in a wing back role he
is not fully accustomed to.
Vincelot - Makes the list purely for that
match winning assist against Nottingham Forest
when he calmly laid the ball back to Buckley.
The jack-of-all-trades continues to be somewhat
of an unsung hero this season with his