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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - September 2013

Just the one defeat from a month that featured away games against two newly relegated sides who both feature heavily in the betting from an immediate return to the Premier League represented a good September for the Albion.

Unfortunately, the fact that that defeat came in one of the worst performances in a long time away at Ipswich meant things ended on a sour note.

Nothing should be taken away from the defence who played their part with clean sheets at QPR and Reading - no mean feat - and for that reason it is a pretty defensive based make up of the shortlist for September's player of the month.

Hardly surprising bearing in mind we only managed to score in one game - the 3-1 hammering dished out to Dougie Freedman's Bolton.

 

September 2013 Player of the Month - Inigo Calderon (31.17% of the vote)
It was an excellent month defensive wise for the Albion with zero goals in the against column against Reading and QPR. Inigo Calderon in particular was superb at right back with his performances making him undroppable even with the return to fitness of Bruno who had to be shoehorned into the side in the centre of midfield in the final game of September. He was first class in those matches at the Madjeski and Loftus Road and even had the good grace to pop up with his first goal of the season on Spanish Day against Bolton Wanderers in the only victory of the month.
Played 4 (4 starts). Scored 1.
Second: Rohan Ince (20.78% of the vote)
Need any indication of how popular the young holding midfielder is coming - how about the fact he played one game of football all September - a man of the match performance in that Bolton win - and it proved to be enough to get him voted as the second best player of the month?
Third: Keith Andrews (16.80% of the vote)
He was absolutely outstanding in the defensive midfield role in place of Ince in those two draws with QPR and Reading and it was little to surprise to see him straight back in the side at Ipswich after being forced to sit out the game with his parent club Bolton.

 

The contenders:
Keith Andrews - The international break allowed him to get up to speed and since then he was been superb, particularly in the Liam Bridcutt holding role in those draws at Reading and QPR. Looks like the best purchase of the summer at the moment.
Will Buckley - Back in his best position out on the right at home to Bolton, he tore the Trotters apart including netting himself to get off the mark for the season. A vital contribution given the lack of Leonardo Ulloa.
Inigo Calderon - The fact that Bruno had to be shoehorned into midfield on his return shows how well he has been playing. Even got onto the scoresheet with a goal in the demolition of Bolton.
Gordon Greer - The captain was at the heart of those two clean sheets against Reading and QPR. Has had his doubters this season but performances like that will quickly silence them.
Rohan Ince - Returned to the side with Keith Andrews ineligible to play against his parent club Bolton and wasted no time in reminding everyone what a talent he could become with another man-of-the-match showing.
Tomasz Kuszczak - Had a bit of a dodgy August by his own high standards but he was excellent at QPR pulling off a number of key saves and extremely solid at Reading. Without him, those were points that probably would not be on the board right now.
Kazenga LuaLua - Oscar seems to appreciate LuaLua's talents far more than his predecessor did with him having a solid game in a rare away start at Reading and completely tearing Bolton apart.
Matt Upson - Another month, another nomination for Matt Upson. It's no secret Harry Redknapp was interested in him in the summer and he must have been ruing missing out on the former England defender after his performance at Loftus Road.
Stephen Ward - The defence just continues to improve and improve since his arrival on loan from Wolves with left back from the problem position it was at the start of the campaign. Another good four outings.



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