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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - January 2014

A safe passage through to round five of the FA Cup and still in touch with the play off places represented a decent January on the pitch even in stark contrast to the clubs transfer business in the early part of the month off it.

Solly March hammered home his potential with goals in both those cup wins against Reading and Port Vale which helped to set up a glamour tie with Hull.

In the league, referee Simon Hooper denied the Albion three points at home to Bournemouth, there was victory over Birmingham, defeat at Derby and a draw at Burnley, all the while scoring just two league goals and conceding the same amount.

January 2014 Player of the Month - Rohan Ince (43.28% of the vote)
Liam who? That is the question the young midfielder has got Albion fans asking after his highly impressive debut season had it's best month yet to see him take the crown of Brighton's best player in January. He missed just the FA Cup third round visit of Reading in an imperious month screening the back four and even weighed in with his first goal for the club in victory of the next round of that famous competition at Port Vale. If Bridcutt can go to the Premier League for 3m, then who knows how much Rohan will be worth if he keeps progressing the way he is.
Played 4 (4 starts). Scored 1.
Second: Matt Upson (35.07% of the vote)
Has hardly put a foot wrong since arriving a year ago with January 2014 arguably his best month yet. Another to miss the Reading game, he nonetheless helped the Albion to two clean sheets in the league including against Burnley's highly rated front two of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.
Third: Solly March (8.21% of the vote)
Could this have been a breakthrough month for the young winger? He scored in both his starts in the FA Cup against Reading and at Port Vale and with Will Buckley injured and Craig Conway gone, impressed in a number of cameos off the bench to take third place.

 

The contenders:
Bruno - Looking like he is back to his best more and more with every game, he has been excellent since returning to the side in the games against Birmingham, Derby and Burnley and a big reason for the impressive defensive record.
Rohan Ince - At the start of the season, Liam Bridcutt leaving would have been a disaster but such has been this mans impact that it now doesn't seem so. Another great month including his first goal for the club at Port Vale.
Tomasz Kuszczak - Returned to the team right at the end of December and although he was rested for the two cup games he can be pretty pleased with his record of conceding just twice in four games in the month.
David Lopez - Makes the list for being one of just two men to score for the club in the league during January with the only goal of the game in the 1-0 Amex victory over Birmingham City.
Solly March - Underlined why he is so highly thought of by Oscar and the club with two goals in his two starts of the month including a man-of-the-match performance against Reading.
Matt Upson - The former England defender must be short odds to win this years Player of the Season crown. Another month of pure consistency from one of the best centre backs in the division.
Stephen Ward - His first goal for the club couldn't have been anymore timely coming as it did in the 89th minute to earn a point in the home match with Bournemouth. Another Mr Consistent in the back five.



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