brighton logo Player of the Month - March 2012

March saw the Albion climb to their highest position in the Championship table of fourth since September with another month in which they only lost once.

While there were only two wins, the fact that no team seems to want to seize the initiative in the race for the play-offs helped as draws with Doncaster, Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough kept the Seagulls in the hunt - while an injury plagued player finally got a run of games and was soon gaining plaudits as possibly the best to ever wear the stripes.

It's not had to work out who the Player of the Month for March will be


March 2012 Player of the Month - Vicente (77.65% of the vote)
It may have taken him the best part of the season to get fit, but boy was it worth the wait. March saw many people taking about Vicente as perhaps being the greatest player they had ever seen in the stripes. Two goals from the bench beat Portsmouth and he tore Derby to pieces including a thirty yard run beating the whole team before smashing the ball into the bar from distance. On his day the best player in the division, hopefully he will sign for another year at the Amex but if not then he has been a privilege to watch, as winning player of the month with over three quarters of the vote shows.
Played 5 (4 starts). Scored 2.
Second: Inigo Calderon (11.76% of the vote)
A good month for the clubs Spaniards as Inigo Calderon picked up second place. He took advantage of Gonzalo Jara Reyes' three match ban for a red card at Blackpool by reclaiming his right back spot, scoring goals against both Derby and Middlesbrough at the Amex
Third: Adam El-Abd (4.71% of the vote)
He's been back from injury for four months, and made the top three in player of the month for three of them. Fast becoming Mr Consistent and not looking out of place at Championship level. If he keeps this form up, then there is a strong chance we will have an Egyptian international among the ranks soon


The contenders:
Inigo Calderon - Jara Reyes' three game ban saw him recalled to the side at right back and the Spaniard celebrated with two goals in as many home games as well as some solid defensive displays.
Adam El-Abd - Missed two games with a virus but has continued to be one of the star players since his return from injury, with the defence looking so much more solid with him alongside Gordon Greer.
Gordon Greer - Last months winner continued his superb form this season with another brilliant month at the heart of the defence - making the captain one of the strongest favourites for the converted player of the season award/
Kazenga LuaLua - Gus Poyet described his performance against Derby as his best in an Albion shirt, and the flying winger showed that on his day and with injuries behind him he can be unplayable.
Vicente - Speaking of unplayable...Vicente was the star of March. He single handedly defeated Portsmouth at The Amex before another world class display against Derby. Could be the difference between Premier League and Championship football next season.
Sam Vokes - The on-loan forward displaced Craig Mackail-Smith in the side and has started looking potentially like the target man we've been missing since Glenn Murray's departure - with goals against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest.