brighton logo Player of the Month - February 2012

The Albion remain unbeaten in the league in 2012 with another strong month as they sit just one place outside the play-off positions, with even Gus Poyet now saying they can challenge for the top six.

The new signings made during the January transfer window all made an instant impact and bar the total defensive meltdown at Liverpool in the FA Cup and the poor performance hindered by a questionable team selection at home to Millwall, it was a near-perfect month.

That makes February's Player of the Month poll as wide open as any other so far this season.


February 2012 Player of the Month - Gordon Greer (23.35% of the vote)
A bald patch may be becoming more and more noticeable on the back of his head, but Albion skipper Gordon Greer proved that he is no Samson when it comes to losing his hair affecting his ability as he claimed his second player-of-the-month prize. The Seagulls renewed challenge for a play-off spot has been built on a sound defence and it seems that no matter who Greer plays alongside he excels with Gus Poyet quite rightly now talking about him being easily Premier League class - with that header off the line at home to Ipswich being one of the best clearances seen in a Brighton shirt in a long long time
Played 6 (6 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Adam El-Abd (13.17% of the vote)
Confirmation of the role the defence played in February arrives in the form of Adam El-Abd's second place in the voting. He had a difficult time of it at Anfield when asked to play at left back in the 6-1 FA Cup mauling but last years player-of-the-season was otherwise outstanding in central defence.
Third: Alan Navarro (11.98% of the vote)
The midfielder has re-established himself as a mainstay of the side since the turn of the year with a string of impressive displays in front of the back four, with the icing on the cake coming with that 90th minute winner away at Leeds - not a bad way to score your first goal for the club.


The contenders:
Ashley Barnes - Continues to do a difficult job in a wide attacking position and still dividing the fans over what he offers to the team but answered his critics in the best way possible with a fine double against Ipswich taking him back to the top of the clubs scoring charts.
Peter Brezovan - Continued in February where he had left off in January with the defence looking far more solid than it had done. A Jekyll and Hyde performance at Anfield saw him struggle but save a penalty but he bounced back with consecutive clean sheets.
Liam Bridcutt - Not many holding midfielders go to Anfield and score twice but he did just that with this two own goals against Liverpool. Superb otherwise in the middle of the park, it's not hard to see why he is attracting interest from the Premier League.
Will Buckley - Paid the ultimate compliment by having two men mark him by Liverpool, he began the month with yet another late winner against Leicester. Has struggled slightly with his hamstring since then.
Lewis Dunk - A testing month for the young centre half saw him lose his place in the side but he had begun it in typically impressive form. Scored one of the best goals that the Kop will see this season, unfortunately into the wrong net.
Adam El-Abd - Was asked to do a difficult job at left back but has since reverted to the centre back position where alongside Gordon Greer he has started showing the form that won him player of the season last time out.
Gordon Greer - The captain had another superb month at the heart of the defence. Was immense at Leeds and did well at Liverpool despite conceding six while had it not been for his goal-saving header the Ipswich game could have been very different.
Kazenga LuaLua - Finally given a run of starts in the side following the absence of both Buckley and Craig Noone, LuaLua rewarded Gus Poyet with two trademark free kick goals and gave Glen Johnson a torrid time at Anfield.
Craig Mackail-Smith - Being dropped from the side looked like it was exactly what the record signing needed as he bounced back with two goals this month, his firsts since November.
Joe Mattock - Since Marcos Painter's and Tano's injury troubles, left back has appeared a problem position but not any more following the arrival of Joe Mattock from West Brom, with the defence looking a lot more balanced in February.
Alan Navarro - Really began to nail down a regular spot in the side in February with a string of impressive midfield displays while his first goal for the club in the last minute at Leeds will always be remembered for those lucky enough to partake in the mental celebrations scenes.
Abdul Razak - Not hard to see why he is billed as the next Yaya Toure by Manchester City. Absolutely superb in his two performances to date, he not only fits into the Gus Poyet style of football but looks like the playmaker we have been crying out for all season.
Gonzalo Jara Reyes - Returned for a second loan spell from West Brom and along with his teammate Mattock was bought more solidity to the defence as well as offering an attacking threat from right back.
Vicente - Albion fans finally got a glimpse of the Spanish playmaker in early February and it is fair to say his two cameo's off the bench were game changers with assists for both late winners against Leicester and Leeds. If he can get fit would be a class above at this level.