brighton logo Player of the Month - October 2015

October was the month in which Brighton and Hove Albion could never win - until Chris Hughton's side of 2015 came along that is.

We managed a remarkable two victories in the tenth month of the year - two more than in the previous five - with The Leeds United and Bristol City both defeated.

There were also three draws to ensure that the Albion ended October still unbeaten and still top of the Championship table - quite an achievement.

Even more pleasing was that it has been achieved as injuries and suspensions have begun to take hold which means there are a number of players in the running for a Player of the Month prize for the first time this season.

October 2015 Player of the Month - Solly March (18.38% of the vote)
This was one of the closest polls we have ever run for Player of the Month which just goes to show how every player at the Albion is currently pulling their weight. With just 6% of the vote separating the top five, it was Solly March who came out on top by the smallest of margins to take the October award. The young winger put in some of his best performances in nearly two years which culminated in a vital goal in the victory away at Leeds as he finally nailed down a regular place, only not starting against Preston when needless to say his creativity was sorely missed in a 0-0 draw.
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Second: Bobby Zamora (17.65% of the vote)
He may not have started the game, but two match winning goals in the last ten minutes away at Leeds and against Bristol City highlighted just what the Albion legend can bring to the table. Two points turned into six could well prove to be the difference come the end of the campaign.
Third: David Stockdale (17.65% of the vote)
Had a bit of a wobble away at Reading but that was the first mistake of an otherwise excellent season. He made point saving saves in every game throughout October and is one of the main reasons behind the Albion having survived three months without a league defeat.

The contenders:
Gaetan Bong - Picked up an injury against Preston which will keep him out of action for three months but prior to that it was another excellent month from the left back whose presence will be sorely missed.
Bruno - The darling of the match day sponsors at The Amex picked up another handful of man-of-the-match awards for his performances through October. How he hasn't won a Player of the Month yet we don't know - is October when that run will change?
Lewis Dunk - After the debacle of the summers longest running transfer saga, the defender has reclaimed his place in the side usurping both Gordon Greer and the BFG as arguably Chris Hughton's first choice defender with a string of fine performances.
Uwe Hunemeier - Was dropped at the start of the month but after replacing Gordon Greer before half time at The Leeds United he hasn't looked back. No nonsense defending as he continues to put his body on the line for the club.
Beram Kayal - The Israeli midfielder missed his first game of the season when suspended against Preston and boy did it show as the Albion failed to create a meaningful effort on goal all game. Continues to be the classiest player at the Amex.
Solly March - This was a breakthrough month for the England Under 21 winger as, back to full fitness, he reclaimed a regular place in the side and got himself back on the goal trail with a fine goal away at The Leeds United.
Dale Stephens - Just like Kayal, he missed the Preston game as the Albion toiled throughout the 90 minutes. Last months winner continued where he had left off by scoring in the home draw with Cardiff.
David Stockdale - Without a doubt the most improved player so far this season, he had another points winning month with at least one superb save in every game. Looked devestated when at fault for the Reading equaliser in the draw at the Madjeski.
Bobby Zamora - He may not have started a game all month but his contribution cannot be in doubt - two late winners against The Leeds United and Bristol City show he may be getting on but he still knows where the back of the net is.