WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - August 2016
Any worries about a play off hangover were extinguished
as Brighton and Hove Albion began the 2016-17 season
exactly where they had left off the previous campaign.
Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United were comfortably seen
off 3-0 at The Amex with Glenn Murray marking his return to
the club with a brace in each while Anthony Knockaert
continued to torment opposition defenders.
road, there was a creditable 0-0 draw at Derby despite
having just one fit senior centre back in Lewis Dunk as well
as a 2-2 draw at Reading which was followed by a 2-0 defeat
away at title favourites Newcastle United in front of one of
the biggest crowds the Albion have played a regular season
game in front of in years.
Hughton made wholesale changes for the EFL Cup with
comfortable victories over Colchester United and Oxford
United ensuring a rare place in the third round.
August 2016 Player
of the Month - Anthony Knockaert (56% of the vote)
Want to know how
important Anthony Knockaert is to Brighton's chances
of promotion this season? The fact he grabbed over
50% of the vote after a month in which there were
some excellent individual performances says it all.
Three goals in five games from the wing have proven
to be particularly important and, just like last
season, he already looks pretty much unplayable,
particularly at home. Those goals came in the
convincing home wins over Nottingham Forest and
Rotherham United with one away at Reading to show
Newcastle exactly what they have missed out on.
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 3.
Second: Lewis Dunk (21.33% of the vote)
With no other fit senior defender for the majority
of the month, there was a lot of pressure on Lewis
Dunk's shoulders but he rose to the challenge
impecably, being an absolute rock at the back
alongside Bruno. And just for good measure, he
signed a new contract as well.
Third: Glenn Murray (12% of the vote)
There were a fair few doubters who questioned why
Glenn Murray had been bought back to the Albion but
he has already begun his attempts to silence them,
scoring three times in five games including a brace
on his second home debut against Forest.
Starting the season with the newly appointed captain
at centre half - a position he had never played
before - looked like it was a cock up waiting to
happen. But the right back was superb alongside
Lewis Dunk, picking up exactly where he left off
As the only fit senior centre back for all but one
of our August games, there was a lot of pressure on
his shoulders but he rose to the occasion with a
colossus set of performances in which he didn't put
a foot wrong.
Quite how we received just one half-arsed offer
during the transfer window for the midfielder
remains a mystery. He was his effective best
throughout August and, unlike last season, even when
he was rested we still got a victory.
The decision to turn down a big money bid from
Newcastle United was richly rewarded with a flying
start to the season in which the winger tore
Nottingham Forest and Rotherham apart at home,
ending the month with four goals from five games.
Glenn Murray -
Has already gone some way to silencing the doubters
who questioned his return, scoring a brace on his
second home debut against Forest and then adding
another two four days later for the visit of
Liam Rosenior -
Was cruelly struck down with another long term
injury in the away draw at Reading, since when we've
taken just one league point. Up until then, was
having a fine month covering for Bruno at right