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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - December 2014

December was another depressing month in the main as a Brighton and Hove Albion fan until Sami Hyypia finally did the decent thing and handed in his resignation - paving the way for FOUR POINTS!!!!!

Those game with Nathan Jones in caretaker charge with a come-from-behind draw at home to Reading on Boxing Day and an unlikely 2-0 victory at Fulham.

Under Hyypia, there was the now traditional hammering away at Derby, a spineless defeat at home to fellow relegation threatened Millwall and a draw away at Wolves which again featured something that has become a tradition - a last minute equaliser for the hosts.

December 2014 Player of the Month - David Stockdale (31.03% of the vote)
For the second month running, a goalkeeper takes the WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month accolade although this time it is David Stockdale rather than Christian Walton. The 1.5m signing from Fulham was in inspired form with a string of fine stops in the draws away at Wolves and at home to Reading helping to earn much needed points. He saved the best until last however, pulling off two genuinely world class saves away at Fulham to earn a rare clean sheet and help Nathan Jones' side to a much needed victory in the capital.
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Inigo Calderon (24.14% of the vote)
He may have started just the last three games of the month but the Spaniard was the epitome of the upturn following Sami Hyypia's departure showing the sort of passion that had been solely lacking, no more so than in netting the late equaliser against Reading.
Third: Greg Halford (21.84% of the vote)
The loan signing from Nottingham Forest stepped in at centre back for the home game with Millwall and never looked back, gaining an assist with a massive long throw at home to Reading and being an absolute rock in helping to secure the clean sheet at Fulham.

 

The contenders:
Elliott Bennett - Extended his loan for a second month and continued to impress with another string of fine performances including in the win at Fulham. Will be missed out wide unless Chris Hughton decides to bring him back.
Joe Bennett - Decision to leave him out of the Millwall game due to only being allowed to field five loan players proved just how much of an important part of the side he has become. Another solid month at left back.
Darren Bent -A striker who can score seems like something of a novelty. The on-loan Villa man added a touch of class to the line up, netting at Wolves to make it two in five before deciding to go to Derby for the rest of the season.
Inigo Calderon - The mans passion, workrate and flair were exactly what the doctor ordered when Hyppia resigned and with the captains armband he scored that all important late equaliser against Reading.
Adrian Colunga - Given an extended run of games after return from suspension, he continued to look lively in attack and did what a lot of Brighton players struggle to do - scored a penalty in the win away at Fulham.
Lewis Dunk - Went goalless throughout December but that is hardly a criticism you should be throwing at a centre back. Again underlined his growing importance with a string of strong performances.
Greg Halford - Overtook Aaron Hughes as third choice centre back to get a run in Gordon Greer's absence. Made one stunning tackle in helping secure the clean sheet at Fulham and his long throws were an absolute joy to behold.
David Stockdale - Now we are finally seeing why the Albion forked out 1.5m for the goalkeeper. Two genuinely world class saves away at Fulham, an excellent game against Reading and helped preserved a point at Wolves.

 


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