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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - April 2012

Six games in April and zero wins put an end to the Albion's play off hopes as they slipped from sixth to their final league position of tenth.

Just three goals were scored - two of them coming in one game against Watford.

There was a disastrous debut for David Gonzalez, an even more disastrous all round game at Upton Park and Gus Poyet leaving five minutes early during defeat at Burnley.

This will probably be the hardest month of the season to pick a player of the month for bearing in mind the fact nearly everybody has been woeful.

 

April 2012 Player of the Month - Vicente (38.18% of the vote)
If this was the last month we ever see him in a Brighton shirt, Vicente signed off in style making it back-to-back Player of the Month awards. While he never reached the ludicrously high heights of March, he was still the Seagulls best performer causing Champions-elect Reading all manner of problems and coming off the bench despite complaining of illness to turn the game around as we looked like heading towards an embarrassing defeat against Watford. Not even the possibly Premiership bound players from Birmingham could deal with the Spaniard
Played 6 (5 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Inigo Calderon (25.45% of the vote)
The top two in March were the top two for April as well as Inigo Calderon continued his renaissance since receiving a first team recall. He scored one of the teams three goals in the month against Watford which earned him the accolade of fourth top scorer for the season - ridiculous for a right back.
Third: Alan Navarro (12.73% of the vote)
He may have been released, but Alan Navarro still did enough in April to secure his second appearance of the season in the top three of our Player of the Months. Another impressive month, in particular in looking the best player in the stripes on the pitch against Reading in Liam Bridcutt's absence.

 

The contenders:
Ashley Barnes - Scored 33% (one out of three) of the Albions goals in April and while he continues to divide opinion among the fans, ended the season as top scorer and considered a vital part of the team by Gus Poyet.
Liam Bridcutt - Missed the first two games of the month through suspension and was given a baptism of fire on his return in the West Ham debacle but was a key man in the final three fixtures of the season as the team remained unbeaten.
Inigo Calderon - Continued his revival since regaining his place at the expense of Gonzalo Jara Reyes with another fine month at right back including the captaining the side in the absence of Gordon Greer and yet another goal against Watford.
Adam El-Abd - Stepped up to the mark following Greer's injury with a string of impressive performances that no doubt helped ease Lewis Dunk back into the side following his recent absence. Particularly outstanding in the months home games, notably Reading.
Joe Mattock - A male grooming accident was responsible for his absence at the start of April but looks to have adapted to the Albion way of defending with solid performances in the final two games that highlighted he may have a part to play on a permanent deal.
Alan Navarro - Outstanding against both Reading and Watford, he didn't look at all lost without regular partner Bridcutt alongside him in the middle of the park at the start of the month.
Vicente - Dragged himself off his sickbed to claim another assist in the comeback draw against Watford and gave a solid defensive side in Birmingham a torrid time, although admittedly struggled to hit the ludicrously high heights of last month

 


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