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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.