WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - April 2014
one month and one game left to go in the regular season,
Brighton and Hove Albion are still in the play off race.
wrote off the chances of that happen at the end of March but
an unbeaten April means that it will all come down to the
final game of the season.
draws and three wins and some actual attacking football
including the most impressive performance of the season in
hammering champions Leicester 4-1 away from home is what has
led us to this point and with no one individual proving to
be outstanding unlike in recent months, this proved to be the
closest vote of the season so far.
April 2014 Player
of the Month - Jesse Lingard (38.71% of the
Now fully settled in
after completing the second month of his loan spell
from Manchester United, it was Jesse Lingard who
took home the April award after an impressive month
that showed just why he is so highly thought of by
the hierarchy at Old Trafford. He opened his Albion
account in the stunning 4-1 victory away at
Leicester and once that first goal monkey was off
his back hasn't looked back, also finding the back
of the net against Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town
to make it three goals in five appearances to round
off the month along with some superb attacking play.
7 (7 starts). Scored 3.
Second: Dale Stephens (27.42% of the vote)
The midfielder is another who has taken time to bed
in since arriving in January but April was the month
when he really began to look at home. He netted
twice in draws away at Blackburn and at home to
Blackpool and was instrumental in the hammering
dished out to his former side Charlton.
Third: Stephen Ward (19.35% of the vote)
Continues to be the most consistent player in the
back four and produced another fine set of
performances to go with those that won him last
months crown. Even chipped in with another goal,
scoring the opener away at Leicester City.
Scored the equaliser at Huddersfield Town before
admitting even he didn't know what he was doing
attacking the goal like that. Continues to see off
the challenge of the popular Inigo Calderon for the
right back spot.
- Another big month for the big Pole. Missed the
Charlton game with illness and had an off day at
Blackburn but made up for that with another
excellent performance to earn a point at
Huddersfield. Please sign a new contract.
Goals in the thrashing of Leicester City and the
home wins over Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town saw
him highlight why he is so highly thought of by the
Manchester United hierachy.
- With the Albion needing to attack to ensure
they make the play offs by winning games, the flying
winger has been given a rare run of starts and
responded with a number of impressive games
including a first goal in nearly a year against
|| Dale Stephens -
Goals against Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool showed
that the midfielder has finally settled in since his
January move from Charlton and he was absolutely
first class against his former side when they
visited The Amex.
Hit the net just once in March, he doubled that
tally in one game in April scoring a brace away at
Leicester and looking like one of the best strikers
in the league. Also netted against Charlton.
|| Matt Upson -
Missed the Yeovil and Huddersfield games but was
absolutely superb away at Leicester and Barnsley in
particular. Helped the side to two more clean sheets
during the month.
||Stephen Ward -
March's winner continued that imperious form into
April, adding another goal to his growing collection
with the opener at Leicester and remaining the Mr
Consistent in the back four.