WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - December 2015
December was a return to the Brighton and Hove Albion we
all know and love as Chris Hughton's side surrendered
top spot in the table, won only once and failed to score
for three games in a row.
weren't helped by an increasingly long injury list which now
features the outstanding Solly March as well as Gordon Greer
while James Wilson spent most of the Christmas period very
ill which led to the quite brilliant sight of him throwing
up all over the pitch live on the Sky cameras in the opening
game of January.
means that, for the first time this season, it is really
slim pickings for a Player of the Month poll and much head
scratching was required in even coming up with a shortlist -
although the winner was pretty resounding...
December 2015 Player
of the Month - David Stockdale (63.16% of the vote)
Easily the Albion's most
improved player this season, David Stockdale was
been vital in earning points for Chris Hughton's
side and that didn't change in December even as the
unbeaten run crumbled. Without him Charlton would
have been out of sight by half time in the game that
the Seagulls turned around from 2-0 down to win 3-2,
he made vital stops at Derby and Queens Park Rangers
but the best was saved for Brentford away, the only
clean sheet of the month in which he produced four
top drawer saves including one of the best we can
recall seeing from an Albion goalkeeper.
Played 6 (6 starts). Scored 0.
Second: James Wilson (3.29% of the vote)
It was quite a coup to get him in on loan from
Manchester United and the hype was well justified as
two goals in the month earned a win at home to
Charlton and a draw at QPR. Both were strikes of
real class and United's loss is certainly our game
at the minute
Third: Dale Stephens (3.29% of the vote)
Another good month for the midfielder alongside his
partner Beram Kayal. He pulled the strings in the
comeback against his former club Charlton and then
netted an absolutely superb overhead kick to open
the scoring away at Queens Park Rangers.
- Easily the most consistent player throughout
December and in fact over the whole season, the
right back had another impressive month particularly
in dealing with Derby's dangerous wide men in the
draw at the iPro.
Perhaps not his best month but that is hardly
surprising given that him and Dale Stephens have
played every single game they have been available
for. Still looked a class above against Charlton and
away at Derby.
Pulled the strings in the comeback win against his
former side Charlton and scored an absolutely superb
overhead kick to open the scoring away at Queens
Without him, Charlton would have been out of sight
before half time and Brentford could have racked up
a 4-0 win - with the save from James Tarkowski's
header being every bit as good as any stop from an
Albion keeper we can recall.
Rajiv van La
March's injury gave the on-loan Wolves winger the
chance to start and he duly took it, scoring two
cracking piledrivers in the 2-2 draws away at Derby
and at Queens Park Rangers to surely put himself in
the frame for a permanent move?
Easy to see why he is so highly rated at Manchester
United. The striker scored a superb individual goal
to cut through the entire Charlton defence and then
a brilliant volley at Derby before illness struck