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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - September 2015

The second month of the season has come to a close with Brighton and Hove Albion still sitting at the top of the Championship table as the only unbeaten side in the division.

Two wins and two draws have maintained the Albion's excellent start to the campaign and in truth it could have been even better had Tomer Hemed not missed a penalty in the stalemate against ten man Wolverhampton Wanderers or Jamie Murphy not been issued with the most ridiculous of red cards in the draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Injuries and suspensions have also begun to bite a little to test the depth of Chris Hughton's squad but so far it's passed it with flying colours, leaving another competitive shortlist from which to select a September Player of the Month.

September 2015 Player of the Month - Dale Stephens (47.56% of the vote)
Dale Stephens is a man who is looking back to his best after missing nearly a year out with injury and September 2015 was arguably his best ever month in an Albion shirt. The midfielder has already formed a formidable partnership with Beram Kayal that looks to be one of the most solid in the division and this month he added goals to his game with two vital strikes, the first of which earned three points at home to Rotherham United and the second coming in the 2-2 draw away at Bolton Wanderers. Thank God the club didn't sell him when Derby were sniffing around in the summer.
Played 4 (4 starts). Scored 2.
Second: Beram Kayal (15.85% of the vote)
Second month of the season, second second place for the Israeli international midfielder although he did double his score of the vote this time around. Another consistent set of performances in which he was an ever present throughout September alongside the winner of the poll.
Third: Tomer Hemed (13.41% of the vote)
Scoring goals was a major area of concern last season so perhaps the most important signing of the summer has been the Israeli striker. Two more goals this month in the wins over Hull and Rotherham took him onto five for the season before injury struck towards the end of September.

The contenders:
Gaetan Bong - Played every game throughout September with important roles in the clean sheets against Hull City and Wolves. Did an excellent job getting forward in the month as well and has already become a popular member of the squad among supporters.
Bruno - Hitting heights he hasn't touched since his first season at the club as the presence of genuine competition in Liam Rosenior continues to strive him on. As dangerous in attack as he is solid defensively at the back.
Gordon Greer - Many thought the arrival of Uwe Hunemeier would signal the end of the captains time as a regular yet it is Lewis Dunk who has found himself sitting out. Continues to be the managers first pick and rewarded that with another excellent month.
Tomer Hemed - Two more goals to his tally in the victories over Hull and Rotherham have already marked the Israeli out as one of the divisions best forwards. Missed the Bolton game through injury but will surely be restored to the starting line up as soon as he is fit.
Uwe Hunemeier - Missed the trip to Wolves but his importance after just a month at the club was shown as he was handed an instant recall for the game at Bolton. Imperious in the air, he played a huge part in keeping a clean sheet against a dangerous Hull City attack.
Beram Kayal - No goals for the divisions finest central midfielder this month but he was again the heartbeat of the Albion side, constantly winning the ball back and creating chances having played every game in September.
Jamie Murphy - Kazenga LuaLua's suspension and then injury woes gave a chance to the former Sheffield United winger and he duly and he had two decent games against Rotherham and Hull before excelling at Bolton, scoring his first goal for the club at the Macron.
Dale Stephens - His partnership with Kayal has been on the things that this seasons vast improvement has been built on and the midfielder even popped up with a couple of vital goals, scoring the winner against Rotherham and in the draw at Bolton.
David Stockdale - Two more clean sheets for the goalkeeper in the draw at Wolves and most impressively the home win over Hull City. Has pulled off at least one key save a game and his form has been vital in the solid defensive performances.



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