WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - August 2014
a pretty terrible start to the season, things picked up for
Brighton and Hove Albion towards the end of August with a
four match unbeaten run.
was largely helped by the work the club put in in the
transfer window with two of those new faces featuring in our
first Player of the Month poll of the season.
course there are still some stalwarts in there - Bruno who
at one point looked like he was being reinvented as a
central midfielder, Craig Mackail-Smith who is looking
somewhere near back to his best after injury and Lewis "goal
machine" Dunk. What?
Player of the Month - Lewis Dunk (56.57% of the
Despite starting the
season as third choice centre back, he saw off the
challenge of Aaron Hughes to become Gordon Greer's
established partner at the heart of an Albion
defence that looked markedly better with him in it,
including clean sheets against Cheltenham and Leeds
as the Albion conceded the least shots on goal in
the division during August. He also played his part
at the other end, scoring against Cheltenham to save
a potentially dire 30 minutes of extra time and then
popping up with a points rescuing brace in the 2-2
draw with Charlton.
5 (5 starts). Scored 3.
Second: Joao Teixeira (28.28% of the vote)
The loan signing from Liverpool looked a class above
in his early games for the Albion and as more
quality was added to the squad after the Birmingham
debacle he began to thrive, netting goals in
consecutive games as Leeds and Bolton were beaten.
Third: Danny Holla (8.08% of the vote)
For a player who arrived with no pre season behind
him, the Dutchman proved to be a revelation adding
some much needed protection in front of the back
four. His presence in the side coincided with that
four game unbeaten run to end the month.
Was voted sponsors Man of the Match in the
victory over Bolton for a composed central midfield
performance. Looks like he will enjoy Sami Hyypia's
style of pushing the full backs as far forward as
- His best month at the club since those heady
early days of the 2011/12 season. Looks to have
nailed down a spot as Gordon Greer's regular partner
and even added three goals including a points saving
brace against Charlton.
Reappointed captain by Hyypia, he hasn't let his
new boss down with a number of trademark solid
performances at centre back in a defence that has
given up the least number of shots on goal in the
- Eyebrows were raised when the Albion signed an
unheard of Dutch midfielder with no pre-season
training behind him. They were quickly unraised as
the holding player's arrival transformed his new
teams form with us unbeaten since his arrival. HOLLA.
||Craig Mackail-Smith -
Seems to finally have a manager who is going to play
to his strengths and rewarded that with two goals in
August in the Capital One Cup against Cheltenham and
more impressively in the home win over Bolton.
Looked a class above his lacklustre team mates
away at Birmingham and with more quality put in
around him he has thrived, scoring twice in the
victories away at Leeds and home to Bolton and
looking like an outstanding play maker.