WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - December 2012
An unbeaten November was followed
by a winless December as the Albion had arguably their
worst month since Gus Poyet took the helm.
It began with
another horror show against Crystal Palace, this time
going down 3-0 with Glenn Murray netting two of them and
ended with an even worse display at home to an
There were only two points picked up
in a decent 2-2 draw at Charlton and by the same
scoreline at The Amex after going 2-0 down - Kazenga
LuaLua scoring in both games with trademark goals from
distance and we finally seemed to bury the penalty curse
thanks to Spanish Dave.
Player of the Month - Liam Bridcutt (60.42% of the
another Liam Bridcutt win in the Player of the
Month polls - meaning he becomes only the second
man behind Vicente to secure back-to-back
victories. The Albion may not have won a game in
December but that hasn't stopped the central
midfielder impressing everyone again with
rumours now in full circulation that Norwich
will produce a substantial bid and that it is
just a matter of time before he receives a
Scotland call up. What we can say for sure is
that he has been absolutely outstanding and
remains the key man at The Amex.
5 (5 starts, 0
sub). Scored 0.
Second: Kazenga LuaLua (22.92% of the vote)
Following the completion of his court appearance
until next June, the flying winger had his best
spell since arriving at The Amex permanently
over a year ago. Trademark strikes from distance
earned the months two points in the draws away
at Charlton and home to Millwall.
Third: David Lopez (8.33% of the vote)
The former Athletic Bilbao man finally settled
into the starting line up in December,
performing out wide, in central midfield
and even at right back. His reputation as a set
piece expert came to the fore with a number of
close free kicks and two successful
penalties at home to Millwall and Watford.
- Arguably the only central midfield player
to emerge with any credit from December, he was
superb again in the middle of the park breaking
up play and creating chances from the holding
- Was sorely missed at Palace with Inigo
Calderon deputising at left back. When he did
return from injury he didn't look the same
player as beforehand, but is still a cut above
the rest of the Championship's left backs.
- Another whose absence played a part in the
Palace debacle, he was immediately returned to
the starting line up and helped eke out a clean
sheet at home to Nottingham Forest.
Tomasz Kuszczak - The goalkeeper played
every minute of December and without him two
points could have been less. It remains a scary
thought what might happen should be pick up a
- Spanish Dave finished as the months join
top-goal scorer with two after emphatically
converting two penalties. His free-kicks and
efforts from distance also proved a constant
menace, particularly at The Amex.
- His best month since his permanent arrival
last August saw two trademark goals netted from
distance in the two points-earning matches.
Looking somewhere near the unplayable winger we
had on-loan back in League One.
- The rumours continue to persist about his
departure and despite poor misses away at Palace
and home to Forest, he equalled last seasons goal
tally before the halfway point of this campaign
with his strike at Charlton.