brighton logo Player of the Month - October 2012

There is something very striking about the poll for our October player of the month - namely, that the five candidates consist of four defenders and one goalkeeper.

It's hard to include anybody else in a month in which we managed to score just two goals from our five games and it got to the point where even Gus Poyet was coming out and saying he was bored by the way we were playing.

Three points was the return from a possible 15 as first place became tenth - and realistically, it was only the brilliance of one man that earned two of those points anyway...


October 2012 Player of the Month - Tomasz Kuszczak (79.69% of the vote)
In a month in which he earned 66% of our points with a sensational games at Derby and Blackpool, it comes as little surprise to see Tomasz Kuszczak walk away with our October player of the month. The 79% of the vote he chalked up is a record and just goes to show what an inspired and vital signing the big Pole has been since his arrival at The Amex. With any of last seasons custodians in goal, it is probably fair to say that we'd be discussing a month in which only one point was garnered. Poland must have some severely good goalkeepers to be keeping him out of their staring XI
Played 5 (5 starts, 0 sub). Scored 0 (he is a goalkeeper, after all).
Second: Adam El Abd (9.38% of the vote)
The centre back makes his first appearance in the top three of the season after coming close in the other two months passed. Now a regular in the Egypt squad, he was a rock at Blackpool and along with Kuszczak pretty much responsible for that hard earned point at Bloomfield Road.
Third: Wayne Bridge (4.69% of the vote)
It was a dead heat between Wayne Bridge and Bruno for third so we turned to Twitter to decide the vote, with the on-loan Manchester City left back romping home with 100% in the Tweet Off. If anybody needs an indication of his impression at The Amex, he has been in the top three every month.


The contenders:
Wayne Bridge - The former England left back had another excellent month, going so far as to state that he was loving his football again despite playing in a boring Brighton team. Remains as dangerous going forward as he is at the back.
Bruno - Missed the Ipswich match with injury but quite rightly the former Valencia man was returned straight to the starting line up as soon as he was fit. He may be just three months into his Albion career, but already a massive fan favourite.
Adam El-Abd - Had another run out for Egypt and his form is the reason that Lewis Dunk is still to start a game. Put in a colossal performance against Blackpool and hasn't put a foot wrong all season.
Gordon Greer - The captain was responsible for the deflection that wrong-footed Tomasz Kuszczak for Middlesbrough's winner but other than that has been in fine form at centre back alongside El-Abd
Tomasz Kuszczak - Was immense away at both Derby and Blackpool, almost single-handedly helping the Seagulls secure the points they took in those games with an inspired final ten minutes at Pride Park and sheer class throughout the game at Bloomfield Road