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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - March 2016

An unbeaten March has left Brighton well and truly in the mix for automatic promotion, sitting in second place with just eight games of the season remaining.

Hard fought draws away at Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday - in which the Albion didn't manage one shot on target - where followed by a vital wins at home to Reading and away at MK Dons in one of the biggest rollercoaster's of a second half we can remember of recent times.

Only McDons managed to find a way past the back four as they continued to keep clean sheets for fun and, as you would expect, they dominate the top three as we reach the business end of what could be a very, very exciting finish to the season.

March 2016 Player of the Month -  Bruno (29.81% of the vote)
Remarkably, this is the first time that Bruno has finished in the top three of a Player of the Month poll this season, let alone won one. But win it the right back did after another month in which he played a pivotal role in a defence that only conceded once. His March was best summed up by a real captains display in the victory away at McDons in which nothing got past him and he celebrated like a man possessed at the end. He was also particularly solid in the draws with Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End which could easily have been losses without him in there.
Played 4 (4 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Connor Goldson (28.85% of the vote)
Beaten into second by the tiniest of margins - less than 1% - the defender made it three appearances in the top three since becoming a first team regular in January. Sky looks the limit for him as he continues to be the clubs best centre back.
Third: David Stockdale (16.35% of the vote)
The number one continued his superb form this season, recording three clean sheets throughout March. Although there was little to do in the Reading game, against Sheffield Wednesday and Preston he made vital saves to earn what could turn out to be crucial points.

The contenders:
Bruno - Another excellent month from one of the stand out players of the season, he was superb at McDons putting in a real captains performance and he had excellent games in the three in which clean sheets were kept.
Lewis Dunk - The constant cock ups of pre and post Christmas seem to be a thing of the past now as his promising partnership with Connor Goldson grows better by the game - a fact borne out by the statistics.
Connor Goldson - Captain Gordon Greer may be back to full fitness but he hasn't been able to shift the former Shrewsbury defender from his spot in the team. Another faultless display and looked our best defender in March - no mean feat given how well the back four did.
Tomer Hemed - A quieter month by his standards which wasn't helped as he was rested for two games - the win over Reading and that match at McDons where he appeared from the bench just after half time to grab two goals and give the Albion a vital three points.
Beram Kayal - When will Chris Hughton learn that if you drop the midfielder, you won't win the game? He again didn't feature against Sheffield Wednesday as the Albion failed to have a shot on target all evening.
Liam Rosenior - His return in February coincided with the start of the run of five games without conceding a goal. That isn't a coincidence and despite Gaetan Bong's return, if he carries on like this he'll keep the shirt until the end of the season.
David Stockdale - Three clean sheets out of four is another excellent return for the goalkeeper and it isn't like he was underworked either, making key saves in all the games, perhaps most vitally against Sheffield Wednesday given our lack of attacking intent.
James Wilson - Over the illness that had dogged him for the past couple of months and bought back into the starting line up to add some much needed pace, he started the final two games of the month, scoring the only goal in the win over Reading.


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