WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - November 2014
November heralded a third league win of the season but
other than that it was another disappointing month as
Brighton and Hove Albion slipped into the Championship
one victory came against Wigan Athletic, one of only two teams
the Albion in the table and who as a result sacked their
manager Uwe Rosler shortly after.
Hyypia hasn't received the same treatment yet and indeed we
only lost twice in November - at high flying Bournemouth at
the start of the month and more concerningly at home to
Fulham, another side who are struggling at the wrong end of
which makes it another difficult month to pick a Player of
the Month from...
Player of the Month - Christian Walton (48.15% of the
He may have only played
two games, but that hasn't stopped England under 20
goalkeeper Christian Walton taking home the November
Player of the Month crown. He received the sponsors
man of the match award in the only victory against
Wigan Athletic in which he also managed to keep the
only clean sheet before playing his part in another
rare point, the 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn having
ensures that Ali Al-Habsi's loan spell lasted a
grand total of one game. His reward for two solid
performances? To be dropped for David Stockdale, of
2 (2 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Lewis Dunk (29.63% of the vote)
November represents the first month when he has not
won the popular vote. His form has been such this
season that he was handed the captaincy for the home
game with Fulham after another string of impressive
displays at the back.
Third: Elliott Bennett (7.41% of the vote)
There was quite the fanfare when Elliott Bennett
returned on loan from Norwich at the start of the
month and he has seemingly lived up to it by
snatching third place in the poll. At least his
arrival has meant Sami Hyypia's stupid full back
tactics are consigned to the bin...for now.
Netted in the defeat away at Bournemouth and
earned the penalty from which Adrian Colunga scored
the third at Norwich. Promptly rewarded for the up
turn in form by being dropped for new arrival Darren
His signing invigorated the crowd and meant
Hyypia dropped his disastrous attacking full backs
system. Played his part in the win over Wigan and
the home draw with Blackburn and is staying on for
another month. A welcome return.
- Mixed month for the forward in which he was
the Albion's joint top scorer and also got sent off.
Netted away at Bournemouth and at Norwich but saw
red for taking a free kick too quickly and then a
ludicrous kick at a man in the Fulham defeat.
- Handed the captains armband for the first time
in the game against Fulham. It was another excellent
month of defending from one of the only players to
have come out of this season so far with any credit.
Handed his first real run in the side and
rewarded that decision with two goals in as many
games, scoring the winner against Wigan and the
opener in the draw with Blackburn. Finally, a goal
scoring midfielder of sorts.
- Scored one of the classic own goals in the
defeat away at Bournemouth but otherwise another
solid month for the captain alongside Dunk,
including the all important shut out against Wigan.
- Latest injury comes as a real blow as once
again he spent November as the Albion's main
attacking outlet, scoring against Norwich and
tearing Fulham apart before his forced withdrawal
changed the complex of that game.
Missed a few games with injury but justified his
immediate return to the line up away at Norwich with
several superb shots that helped earn a point, even
his distribution remains questionable.
- Young goalkeeper didn't put a foot wrong in
the two games he played in Stockdale's absence which
yielded four points, including a rare clean sheet at
home against Wigan when he was named the sponsors
man of the match.