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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - April 2015

One point out of a possible 18 represented Brighton and Hove Albion's worst month of a wretched season that is petering out into complete and utter pointlessness.

Thankfully, there are three more inept teams in the Championship which means safety was secured although we couldn't even do that ourselves, Blackburn's 2-0 win over Millllllllllllllllll ensuring a fifth consecutive season of second flight football is in the bag.

That solitary point came from a 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town in which we managed zero shots on target while Dale Stephens was the only man who managed to score in the six games played.

As such, picking the winner of the final Player of the Month is like deciding what limb you want to lose. So we decided to throw in the two Blackburn players who kept us up to see what happens seeing as they contributed more to the cause than any Albion player did all month...

April 2015 Player of the Month - Beram Kayal (48.75% of the vote)
Beram Kayal takes his second player of month crown in succession, adding 10% to his share of the vote from the winning margin from March to score nearly half of the total. And it is of course richly deserved as he oozed class throughout. He started every game throughout April and his importance was no more highlighted than the defeat to Bournemouth at home as, within two minutes of being replaced by Rohan Ince, the Cherries had gone 1-0 up on their way to winning the game. Even when he had a rare off day away at Rotherham he was still our best player which says it all.
Played 6 (6 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Rudy Gestede (22.86% of the vote)
Well, this is awkward. The Blackburn striker makes history, becoming the first player from another team to score a top three spot in a Player of the Month poll and he does it with over a fifth of the vote thanks to his goal against Millwall condemning the Lions to the drop and the Albion to safety.
Third: Dale Stephens (11.43% of the vote)
The only man to score a goal in April held off the challenge of another Blackburn player, Jordan Rhodes, to take third spot. Continued his return from nearly a year out injured by forming a relatively exciting midfield partnership with Kayal which was one of the months only bright spots.

The contenders:
Joe Bennett - Started every game and looked particularly lively in the new look 3-5-2 formation deployed in the defeat against Watford. Played his part in the months only clean sheet and point against Huddersfield.
Inigo Calderon - Took the club's official Player of the Season award and when asked to name a highlight of the campaign, could only stare blankly into space which just about summed it up. Continues to do a job as a right midfielder.
Rudy Gestede - Didn't play at all for Brighton throughout April due to the fact he is actually a Blackburn Rovers player. He did however score the opening goal in their 2-0 win over Millwall which saved the Albion from relegation to League One.
Danny Holla - Not even named in the match day squad for the first four games, he was then handed a start at Wigan, set up Dale Stephens for April's only goal and then found himself dropped from the 18 again for Watford. Makes the list purely for that assist.
Beram Kayal - One of the only players in the squad to actually look Championship quality, he must be wondering what on Earth he is doing here. Class in each appearance bar a rare off day at Rotherham.
Jordan Rhodes - Didn't play at all for Brighton throughout April due to the fact he is actually a Blackburn Rovers player. He did however score the second goal in their 2-0 win over Millwall which saved the Albion from relegation to League One.
David Stockdale - At fault for the second goal at Wigan and some very questionable positioning saw him concede the free kick at home to Bournemouth. Still pulls off vital saves however and has been in excellent Twitter form picking fights left, right and centre.
Dale Stephens - Chris Hughton has quite rightly identified that the midfield needs to be built around him and Kayal and they continued their decent partnership. Scored the only goal of the month with a delightful volley at Wigan.
 


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