brighton logo Player of the Month - November 2012

An unbeaten November of three wins and three draws could have been oh-so-better had the Albion of been able to defend for a full game including injury time rather than just 90 minutes.

Late late goals cost us four points away at Wolves and then home to Bolton while we also gave away a consolation away at Huddersfield.

We did score with virtually the last kick of the game to defeat Peterborough but in a division were anyone can beat anyone, lets hope those lost points won't prove costly come the end of the season.


November 2012 Player of the Month - Liam Bridcutt (54% of the vote)
A bit of a cock up on our part by not including Liam Bridcutt in the original poll was hammered home emphatically by the midfielder winning the prize. Last seasons player-of-the-year went about his business in typically understated style, missing just one match in the shape of the last gasp victory over Peterborough for which he was suspended after picking up a fifth booking of the season in the previous game against Leeds. His value to the side was shown with his instant return to the starting line-up against Wolves, being the player that really makes the Albion tick.
Played 5 (5 starts, 0 sub). Scored 0.
Second: Will Buckley (12% of the vote)
The wide man was back to his best in November, scoring both goals in a match-winning performance at Huddersfield and also netting an excellent strike at Wolves. This lead to Gus Poyet claiming he was better than Zaha and thus worthy of a place in the England squad.
Third: Bruno (10% of the vote)
Another superb month for the right back in which he netted his first goal - a stunning volley from distance in the draw with Oldham. He also found himself playing in central midfield against ten-man Wolves as the Albion chased the game and did not look out of place at all with a number of visionary passes.


The contenders:
Bruno - Another excellent month that included his first Albion goal, a dipping volley from 25 yards at home to Bolton. Solid again, he showed versatility by playing most of the second half at Wolves in the centre of midfield as we chased an opposition down to ten men.
Will Buckley - Gus Poyet came out and said he was worth more than Wilfried Zaha and he went about proving it. Scored an excellent goal at Wolves and followed that up with two more at Huddersfield. Frightened the life out of the opposition all month.
Stephen Dobbie - Looks like he is finally settling in at the Albion, scoring in back-to-back games with that last minute winner at home to Peterborough and an emphatic penalty (take note Ashley Barnes) at Wolves. Should be playing more.
Tomasz Kuszczak - Mised the Huddersfield game and it was notable how much shakier our defence looked. Continues to look like one of the best players at the club and no doubt playing a huge role in the fact we are battling for the play-offs.
Craig Mackail-Smith - Two goals against Leeds whom he seems to enjoy facing was marred by a missed penalty. Added another fine effort away at Wolves to maintain his place at the head of the scorers chart.
Andrea Orlandi - Now match fit and completing 90 minutes, he has been superb in creating chances throughout the month. Finally scored against Bristol City, although admittedley with a big big helping hand from the visitors goalkeeper.