brighton logo 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.

Blackburn were battered but drawn with and the only blot came in defeat at Sheffield Wednesday when Ashley Barnes needlessly saw red.

The hot form coincided with the return of one man of course - it must be February, it must be Vicente time.


February 2013 Player of the Month - Tomasz Kuszczak (72.04% of the vote)
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.
Played 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 over Burnley.


The contenders:
Liam Bridcutt - 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 Burnley.
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 side.
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.
Tomasz 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 goalkeeper ever?
David Lopez - 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.
Andrea Orlandi - 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.
Leonardo Ulloa - 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?
Matt Upson - 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 impact.
Vicente - 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.