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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - February 2014

A mixed month featuring two victories, two defeats and one draw in the league and a further draw and defeat as the FA Cup dream died at the fifth round stage yet again.

Both of those victories were based around solid defence with the months clean sheets coming against both Doncaster and Leeds with the back five doing a particularly impressive job against Ross McCormack.

But is there any point in listing any of the contenders other than that man from Argentina? Every goal this month came from Leonardo Ulloa, making this surely the most predictable poll you are likely to see outside of a Zimbabwean general election.

February 2014 Player of the Month - Leonardo Ulloa (68.48% of the vote)
That man from Argentina came back fit and firing on all cylinders, scoring every single one of Brighton and Hove Albion's five goals in the month in February. They included winners against Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United, giving the Seagulls the lead against Hull and ultimately just consolation goals against the same opponents and Wigan Athletic at the end of the month. So where would we be without him? Not still in the hunt for a play off place that is for sure and the only surprise really is that the victory wasn't by a bigger margin.
Played 6 (6 starts). Scored 5.
Second: Rohan Ince (18.48% of the vote)
January's winner had to settle for runners up spot this time around. Another good month for the young midfielder with the worrying record of him being out of the side coinciding with defeat continuing with his two missed games being the Watford and Wigan losses.
Third: Matt Upson (8.7% of the vote)
Responsible for gifting Wigan Athletic the opener at The Amex in the last game of the month with his first mistake in over a year as an Albion player, he was otherwise excellent in a defence that has looked reasonably solid once again.

 

The contenders:
Rohan Ince - Yet another month goes by with the young central midfielder impressing. His importance to the team has shot up even more following the sale of Liam Bridcutt and that showed with him missing just one game in February.
Kazenga LuaLua - Found himself once again in the role of impact sub with telling contributions coming from the bench in the home victories with Doncaster and Leeds and the defeat against Wigan Athletic.
Tomasz Kuszczak - Two more clean sheets for his collection in the months two victories. Rested for both of the FA Cup games with Hull City and who knows what might have been had he been between the sticks instead of Sexy Pete?
Leonardo Ulloa - Now fully recovered from injury, what can you say about the mans form in February? Well, that we are basically a one man team with him netting all five goals scored in the month. Sensational
Matt Upson - Made his first mistake in over a year of playing for the Albion when giving away the first goal in the defeat against Wigan. Other than that another model of consistency with clean sheets proving to be the basis for victories.
Stephen Ward - Another impressive month for the left back playing a key role in those two clean sheets. He missed the home game with Hull but proved to be a great attacking threat in the much improved second half performance in the replay.



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