brighton logo Player of the Month - October 2013

Another October goes by and for the third year running, the Albion fail to win in the tenth month of the calendar year.

This time we took three points out of a possible twelve, losing just the once against Nottingham "we are taking FFP very seriously" Forest at The Amex.

We managed a grand total of three goals all month, with two of them coming from Andrew Crofts and not one striker managing to net which can hardly come as a surprise given the sides overreliance on Leonardo Ulloa.

All that makes it pretty slim picking for Octobers Player of the Month poll.


October 2013 Player of the Month - Andrew Crofts (44.62% of the vote)
The former Norwich man continued his renaissance after a disappointing first season back at the Albion by picking up the October player of the month award. With just three goals scored, Andrew Crofts was responsible for 33% of them with his strikes in the 3-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest and the leveller in the televised game against Watford. Now an integral part of the team in that goalscoring midfielder role, his value is even more to the club now with Andrea Orlandi out and David Lopez looking like a completely different player to the one we saw last season.
Played 4 (4 starts). Scored 2.
Second: Keith Hill (21.54% of the vote)
Shock second place for Keith Hill as he becomes the first non-Albion player to be voted into a top three since our Player of the Month polls began. The referee failed to spot Gordon Greer was so far over the line when clearing that he was infact stood in Rottingdean to help secure a point against Watford.
Third: Kazenga LuaLua (10.77% of the vote)
Managed only two games before being struck by the injury curse forcing him onto the sidelines long term. Was superb against Sheffield Wednesday in the 1-1 draw, tormenting their back line all evening on and eventually setting up Keith Andrews for the late equaliser.


The contenders:
Keith Andrews - Responsible for 33% of the Albion's goals in October thanks to his 89th minute equaliser that rescued a point against struggling Sheffield Wednesday at the beginning of the month.
Ashley Barnes - Asked to lead the line in the absence of Leonardo Ulloa and the lack of any new signing for the majority of the month. Gave his best performance against Watford although remained goalless in October.
Will Buckley - Sparked into life belatedly in the last 15 minutes of that dire contest at Yeovil and continued that by being one of the Albion's better players against Watford in front of the Sky cameras.
Andrew Crofts - Responsible for the other 66% of Brighton's goals this month as he continued his return to form since Oscar's arrival on the dugout, netting in the Nottingham Forest defeat and grabbing the equaliser against Watford.
Keith Hill - Without him, it may have been just two points from the month after Keith Hill and his linesman failed to spot Gordon Greer appeared to be about five feet over the line when clearing against Watford. Great decision Mr Hill
Tomasz Kuszczak - Made a number of fine saves against his former club Watford to help the Albion provide the foundation for the Albion to battle back and earn a point and kept a clean sheet in the visit to Yeovil.
Kazenga LuaLua - Losing him to injury is a massive blow in terms of diminishing the Albion's already waning attacking threat even further. He was excellent against Sheffield Wednesday and one of the reasons behind the comeback for a point.