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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - March 2015

Moving ten points clear of the relegation zone with seven games left to play should all but guarantee Brighton and Hove Albion's place in the Sky Bet Championship for 2015/16 as the revivial under Chris Hughton continued apace.

Eight points out of a possible 15 were collected throughout March including a remarkable 2-0 home win over Derby County which the police are still investigating for daylight robbery and a rare victory on the road away at Blackburn.

The majority of the points won were based on a solid defence which came about even with Lewis Dunk serving a two game ban for collecting ten yellow cards with Greg Halford stepping in to replace the Albion's top scorer.

David Stockdale continues to divide opinion but his saves were vital in all three clean sheets kept and even at home to Wolves in the game in which many people blamed him for conceding while there are plenty of other candidates for the title after a solid month of performances.

March 2015 Player of the Month - Beram Kayal (38.03% of the vote)
A well deserved recall to the Israeli national side was Beram Kayal's reward for his performances in a March in which the Albion put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. Used primarily as a defensive midfielder, his screening role in front of the back four was pivotal in helping to keep clean sheets in three games, earning seven points along the way. He did a superb job in the backs to the wall performance at Derby and even looked a threat going forward at Blackburn in another vital victory. It would be intriguing to see him in a more advanced position given his obvious talent.
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 0.
Second: David Stockdale (30.99% of the vote)
A second runners up spot in succession shows the importance that the goalkeeper is having in the battle to survive the drop. Made a string of match winning saves against both Derby and Blackburn and he was also largely responsible for restricting Wolves to just the one goal.
Third: Inigo Calderon (12.68% of the vote)
Didn't live up to the performances of his goalscoring February but then that would have been nigh on impossible. Chris Hughton continues to use him as a winger to good effect, offering protection to Bruno and also providing attacking intent himself.

The contenders:
Bruno - Injury free seemingly and back to his rampaging best thanks to the freedom offered by having Inigo Calderon playing ahead of him, the right back put on an exhibition of flair against Wolves during which he even managed to score.
Joe Bennett - Yet another month of consistent performances from the on-loan Aston Villa left back who again proved his worth in helping keep three clean sheets and continuing to remain an attacking threat.
Inigo Calderon - Was always going to struggle to live up to the heights of his performances in February but he had another good time of it this time around in his new midfield position, particularly helping out defensively against Derby.
Gordon Greer - Three clean sheets in the month and he was involved in all of them, marshalling the defence superbly especially against Derby in one of the biggest backs to the walls performances of recent times.
Greg Halford - Has been unable to break up the Greer-Lewis Dunk partnership this season but always looks the part when called upon, particularly at Blackburn were nothing got past him. Also helped the team to a clean sheet at Milllllllllllllllllllllll.
Rohan Ince - It will come as little surprise to hear that Premier League clubs are now beginning to sniff around the defensive midfielder after another excellent month culminating in a man-of-the-match outing at Blackburn.
Beram Kayal - Looks an absolute class act and continues to run games from the holding role with his drive, energy and passing range. Deserved recall to the Israel squad and is already looking like an absolute bargain.
David Stockdale - Received criticism for his efforts in keeping Wolves' goal out but the game would have been dead without his string of saves either side of that, not to mention match winning saves against both Derby and Blackburn. We'd be a lot worse off without him.
Dale Stephens - Put a nightmare ten months on the sidelines behind him by scoring just two minutes after coming on against Derby and since then has been handed a number of starts during which it has been evidenced just how much he has been missed this season.
Joao Teixeira - Man of the match against Wolves was just one of a number of games in which the only technique an opposition defence can use to stop him is the foul. Every time he gets on the ball you can feel the excitement in the crowd.
 



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