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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - October 2014

Another October without a win but did anybody really expect anything else? It's over four years now since we last won in the tenth month of the year and this time it comes off the back of a winless September in the league, meaning the Albion slipping into a potential relegation battle.

It's the strikers who have largely been misfiring with every goal this month coming from defenders - leaving the stand out contender for Player of the Season at this early stage Lewis Dunk as top scorer.

Gordon Greer and Joe Bennett are the other men to pop up with goals while David Stockdale's point earning performance against Rotherham made him look like the 1m goalkeeper we paid for in the summer.

October 2014 Player of the Month - Lewis Dunk (79.01% of the vote)
Two Player of the Month polls conducted, two victories for Lewis Dunk. Dunk played every minute of October and maintained his position as the clubs leading goalscorer with another two goals, earning points away at Watford and at Huddersfield Town. One of the few success stories of the campaign so far is how Sami Hyypia has finally unlocked the potential that the defender showed fleetingly at the start of the 2011/12 season and it will come as little surprise to hear Premier League teams such as West Ham are taking an interest.
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 2.
Second: Joe Bennett (9.64% of the vote)
Another decent month from the on-loan Aston Villa left back despite not one clean sheet being kept by the Albion. His determination to get forward has made him a reasonably popular player and he even chipped in with his first goal at home to Rotherham United.
Third: Paddy McCourt (7.55% of the vote)
Already a cult hero at the club, the Derry Pele started just the one game in October away at Tottenham but did enough to take third place. His ability to beat a man with zero pace led to a number of goal scoring opportunities which needless to say weren't taking by the misfiring front line.

 

The contenders:
Joe Bennett - Played a part in a number of decent defensive showings and rounded it off with a decent strike to open the scoring in the home game against Rotherham United at the end of the month.
Lewis Dunk - Continued his brilliant start to the season with another two goals to earn points at Watford and Huddersfield. Not surprising to hear he has Premier League clubs sniffing around given his outstanding form so far.
Gordon Greer - Headed the consolation against Middlesbrough and another month of decent work from the captain, including nearly one of the own goals of the season at home against Rotherham.
Kazenga LuaLua - Red carded at Huddersfield but a decent month other than that providing most of the his team mates best attacking opportunities when coming off the bench at Watford and home to Middlesbrough.
Paddy McCourt - Already a fans favourite despite having done, er, not a lot in his Brighton career. His beard and constant drunken appearance is a joy to behold, as are his bewitching runs which lit up an otherwise pretty dull month.
David Stockdale - Slow to start his Albion career but much improved in October and showed just why the club had parted with 1m for him with a point earning display at home against Rotherham United.

 


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