WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - October 2016
Four wins out of five in an unbeaten October saw
Brighton and Hove Albion move three points clear of
third placed Huddersfield and nicely poised just behind
league leaders and overwhelming title favourites
Newcastle in the Championship table.
long standing hoodoos were broken this month - a first ever
victory at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wedensday were defeated
2-1 to kick things off and then a first home win over
Norwich since 1983 in the performance of the season so far,
a 5-0 triumph.
were wins over Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers -
both of whom sacked their managers in the aftermath - and a
draw with Preston. Plus another three clean sheets in the
bag for David Stockdale and his back four who, needless to
say, feature heavily in the shortlist for Player of the
Player of the Month - Steve Sidwell (25.17% of the vote)
Last season, losing
Beram Kayal for three months would have been an
unmitigated disaster. This season, his absence with
injury has hardly been noticed thanks to the
brilliant form of Steve Sidwell. While the
midfielder may not be the sprightly young chicken he
once was, he managed to play all five of the
Albion's games in October and excelled in each of
them sitting just in front of the back four. He was
particularly impressive in the wins over Wolves and
Norwich City. All of a sudden, the prospect of
losing one of Kayal or Stephens permanently doesn't
seem quite as daunting.
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Sam Baldock (17.48% of the vote)
Has found goals hard to come by since arriving in
2014 from Bristol City, but all that changed in
October as he notched in three consecutive games to
earn victories over Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday
and a point against Preston North End.
Third: Glenn Murray (16.78% of the vote)
Any doubts about whether Chris Hughton should have
bought him back to the club have been well and truly
dismissed. Another excellent month which included
four goals and a performance against Norwich in
which he netted a hat-trick in one of the best
individual showings The Amex has seen.
Has established himself ahead of Tomer Hemed in the
pecking order in October, scoring in three
consecutive games in the victory at Sheffield
Wednesday, the draw with Preston and win the win
Had his fair share of critics in the opening two
months but in October the left back was back to the
rampaging form he showed last season before long
term injury struck. Was integral to setting up goals
away at Wednesday and home to Norwich.
An integral part of a defence that only conceded
three times all month. He was particularly
impressive against a lively Wolves side in denying
Walter Zenga's side a goal and was an absolute rock
under a lot of Hillsborough pressure.
Missed the game at Wigan through suspension but
returned to head in his first goal of the season in
the hammering dished out to Norwich. Alongside
Duffy, perhaps the best centre back partnership in
Scored a screamer against Norwich and also netted
away at Sheffield Wednesday followed by a
wonderfully over the top celebration. Suffered a
rare off day at Wigan but he can't win matches on
his own every week!
|| Glenn Murray -
Became only the third player to score a hat-trick at
The Amex in a quite stunning performance against
Norwich. He also netted in the draw with Preston,
taking his seasons haul onto nine and making him the
divisions second top scorer.
Anytime Beram Kayal was missing last season,
Brighton were woeful. The biggest praise you can
give Steve Sidwell is that Kayal hasn't played all
month and there has been no noticeable difference. A
brilliant October from the veteran.
Had a few funny moments against Preston but bounced
back with a clean sheet against Wolves. Then away at
Wigan produced one of the best double saves from an
Albion goalkeeper since Michel Kuipers at Molineux