WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - February 2013
Ten points out of a possible 15
was a very good return from a tricky February that has
ultimately ended with the Albion right back in the mix
for the play-offs.
There were victories over runaway
leaders Cardiff City in the sort of match that Gus Poyet
will tells us he'd rather lose than not control and at
home to another play-off rival Hull City.
battered but drawn with and the only blot came in defeat
at Sheffield Wednesday when Ashley Barnes needlessly saw
The hot form coincided with the return of one man
of course - it must be February, it must be Vicente
Player of the Month - Tomasz Kuszczak (72.04% of the
Three clean sheets out of five in February
coincided with the arrival of Matt Upson from
Stoke City, but the real difference has been Tomasz Kusczcak. Since his
howler away at Birmingham, the big
Pole has been in sensational form. He
performed wonder save after wonder save in the
shock 2-0 victory away at Cardiff including a
double stop that was arguably even better than
Michel Kuipers at Wolves all those years ago,
and then possibly bettered it with a stunning
one handed save from a header at home to
Burnley. And that goes without even mentioning
the game he had at home to Hull.
5 (5 starts, 0
sub). Scored 0.
Second: David Lopez (7.53% of the vote)
A third appearance in the top three in a row for
Spanish Dave who continues to look like one of
the bargains of the season. There was another
goal in the win against Burnley while his
delivery from set pieces seems to become even
more DB7-esque with every game.
Third: Vicente (6.45% of the vote)
After having his traditional winter in the
treatment room, Vicente returned to score the
winner against Hull, the goal that eventually earned just a point against Blackburn
as well as completely dominating the game on the
way to the man-of-the-match award in the victory
- Going for his fourth player-of-the-month gong
in a row, the holding midfielder was superb
again until suspension for a 10th yellow of the
season ruled him out of the final match against
Adam El-Abd - Won another Egypt cap and
continues to be a rock at the back with superb
performances in helping the side keep three
clean sheets out of five. Now managing to keep
one of Gus favourites in Gordon Greer out of the
Dean Hammond - Really starting to
thrive in midfield without the injured Andrew
Crofts breathing down his neck. Should have
scored on several occasions but added some real
moments of quality in a good month.
Kuszczak - A stunning one handed save from a
header at home to Burnley and a match winning
performance at Cardiff were the highlights as
the Big Pole once again showed just how much he
is worth to the promotion push. Best Albion
- He's got his own flag but not his own song,
Spanish Dave had another excellent month in
which he found the back of the net yet again in
the win at home to Burnley.
- Another month and another two goals for
the former Swansea man, this time in defeat at
Sheffield Wednesday and victory at Cardiff. One
of the first names on the team sheet now.
- A first full month at the club for the big
Argentinean striker, he added to his debut
strike against Arsenal with a cool finish at
Cardiff. How much of the climb into the play
offs is down to him?
- Made his debut in the defeat at Sheffield
Wednesday but three clean sheets in the
following four games for a side that was
struggling sightly in that department says it
all about the former England centre backs
It must be February, it must be Vicente time.
The mysterious Spaniard returned from injury to
score against both Hull City and Blackburn and
strike fear into the hearts of the Burnley side.
With him back, anything suddenly seems possible.