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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - September 2016

Four consecutive league clean sheets to round off September means that the shortlist for the Player of the Month award is dominated by the defence as Brighton and Hove Albion keep pace with the league leaders.

Those shut outs came in wins at home to leaders Huddersfield - the first defeat inflicted on the Terriers this season - away at Burton Albion and at home to high flying Barnsley in solid wins and in a draw at Ipswich Town.

The month began with a disappointing defeat at home to Brentford while there was also elimination from the EFL Cup in front of 6,000 frankly mad people who parted with their cash to watch Brighton Stiffs v Reading Stiffs.

September 2016 Player of the Month -  Lewis Dunk (40.32% of the vote)
It was a good month for Lewis Dunk. Not only did he kick it off by signing a new five year deal with the Albion just a year after agreeing an equally lucrative contract, but he was then in such outstanding form that he managed to relegate Anthony Knockaert into second place in our Player of the Month poll. Brighton losing only once in September was largely based around the four consecutive clean sheets that the month finished with and that came from Dunk's outstanding form at centre back which will be sure to have Premier League scouts flocking to the Amex ahead of January.
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Second: Anthony Knockaert (37.1% of the vote)
Another set of dazzling performances from the winger. He scored the only goal of the game as Brighton became the first team to inflict defeat on Huddersfield Town this season and ran riot against Barnsley's defence in a show of skill not seen since Vicente was pulling on the stripes.
Third: Shane Duffy (10.48% of the vote)
Completing the top three and highlighting just how important the defence has been this month is our record signing from Blackburn Rovers who has recovered from a shaky start to his Albion career with two defeats from two to look every bit a 4m centre back.

The contenders:
Bruno - The arrival of Shane Duffy allowed the captain to revert to his more familiar position of right back and he has been in sparkling form since as a mainstay of the defence who have managed to keep those four clean sheets in a row.
Shane Duffy - Plenty of questions being asked about why we'd forked out 4m for him after a couple of below average performances in his first two games but since then has got better and better. An added bonus of no own goals and no penalties conceded so far.
Lewis Dunk - Continues to look like the Albion's most classy defender despite the arrival of record signing Duffy alongside him. Particularly impressive in the Barnsley win against a team who arrived at the Amex as the divisions top goalscorers.
Beram Kayal - At the heart of everything good from an Albion perspective again in September. He was sorely missed in the draw away at Ipswich Town as we failed to create a single shot on target.
Anthony Knockaert - Ran Barnsley and Huddersfield ragged with some pieces of absolutely exceptional skill to recall the glory days of Vicente strutting his stuff at the Amex. He also netted the only goal in that win over Huddersfield
Glenn Murray - A quieter month for the on-loan striker in which he found himself on the bench for several games. Responded when recalled to the side against Barnsley with a brace to take his total for the season to five.
Dale Stephens - Recovered nicely from his bout of transferitis on the last day of the window that meant he had played little effective part throughout August to reunite with Kayal in the middle of the park. The result? Some excellent performances, particularly at home.
David Stockdale - Seemed to have been rushed back from injury and certainly struggled in the Brentford defeat. Since then though he hasn't looked back, being instrumental in keeping four clean sheets in a row. Looking back to his best.


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