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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - January 2016

It was a mixed January for Brighton and Hove Albion as they ended it with two wins but things didn't get off to the best of starts with three consecutive defeats and no goals scored.

Including December, that meant it was six games without a goal and well over a month without a win but somehow that didn't result in a drop down the table, the Championship showing what a ridiculously bizarre league it is as the Albion finish the month third.

Only two men managed to score this month and with cock ups galore going on all over the pitch, there are two new faces and one very familiar one in the top three.

January 2016 Player of the Month - Bobby Zamora (36.36% of the vote)
Brighton managed just three goals in January and two of those came from Bobby Zamora. Chris Hughton has been more reluctant to start the striker than most Albion fans would like and he was finally given an opportunity away at Blackburn where he duly found himself in the right place at the right time to score the only goal of the game after less than five minutes. He also opened the scoring in the victory over Huddersfield with a delightful cushioned volley on a counter attack he started in the Terriers box. Seven goals so far this season - where are those saying he is past it now?
Played 4 (3 starts). Scored 2.
Second: Connor Goldson (28.48% of the vote)
Injuries to Gordon Greer and Uwe Hunemeier saw the former Shrewsbury Town captain thrown in at the deep end and he has more than lived up to the challenge, not even an own goal at home to Wolves being enough to ruin an excellent first month in the Albion first team.
Third: Anthony Knockaert (15.15% of the vote)
When was the last time a player made such a splash on his home debut? The winger signed for big money from Standard Leige set up both goals in the victory over Huddersfield and took the man-of-the-match accolade. Already well on the way to becoming a fan favourite.

The contenders:
Connor Goldson - Thrown in with Gordon Greer and Uwe Hunemeier both in the treatment room, the young defender stepped up to the mark with a serious of solid displays which made him look easily the senior centre back in his partnership with Lewis Dunk.
Beram Kayal - Again continues to look the clubs best central midfielder, especially if you take into account the rumours that he has playing for the last two months with quite a bad hip injury.
Anthony Knockaert - Has there been a more impressive home debut than his against Huddersfield in the last decade? Hard to think of one, he ran the game, set up both goals and already looks like a bargain buy.
David Stockdale - Earned a clean sheet under pressure in the victory away at Blackburn in horrible wind and snow and made a number of key saves in the games he played throughout the month.
James Wilson - The only man bar Bobby Zamora to score for the club in January, the Man United loanee's deligthful header secured the win against Huddersfield to round off a month in which he struggled with illness for the most part.
Bobby Zamora - With the Albion unable to hit a cows arse with a banjo, Chris Hughton finally turned to the veteran striker to start and he rewarded that decision with two goals in two games in the two wins against Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield.


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