WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - November 2016
Just three games were played in November thanks to the
international break coming slap bang in the middle of
the month with Brighton remaining unbeaten in all three.
month began with an excellent 2-0 win away at Bristol City
including Steve Sidwell scoring one of the best goals from
an Albion player that we can remember seeing with his effort
from the halfway line. That was followed by two home games
in which we struggled compared to recent high standards,
taking a point from improving Aston Villa and then rallying
to defeat Fulham.
rather shorter short list this month than we've become
accustomed too, although it certainly doesn't lack quality
and picking a winner from it isn't as easy as it first
looks which is reflected in how tight the final vote turned
out to be.
Player of the Month - Sam Baldock (23.89% of the vote)
In the closest Player of
the Month poll we have had for some time, it was Sam
Baldock who eventually triumphed by just 0.88% of
the vote from his strike partner Glenn Murray. The
former Bristol City striker has been in sparkling
form over the last couple of months, already
equalling his best goal haul for the Albion and
finally beginning to look like a player that is
worth the £2m odd we forked out for him.
Particularly impressive was his performance against
his former side as well as the absolutely stunning
volley which provided the foundation for the
comeback win over Fulham.
Played 3 (3 starts). Scored 1.
Second: Glenn Murray (23.01% of the vote)
Two more goals in three November games was another
good return from the on-loan forward. He rescued a
point against Aston Villa with an equaliser and then
scored a fine volleyed finish which turned out to be
the winner against Fulham at home. Without him,
where would we be this season?
Third: Lewis Dunk (16.81% of the vote)
Every month one of him or his defensive partner
Shane Duffy seems to make the top three. Although
there was only one clean sheet in November away at
Bristol City, that was an impressive one and the
only mark on his copybook is that he has managed to
collect eight bookings already this season.
Arguably the most improved player this season, the
striker scored a stunning volley to drag his side
back into against Fulham. With six goals to his
name, has already equalled his best season for the
It is rare for a side to come to the Amex and attack
these days but that is what Aston Villa did.
Thankfully, anything they could throw at the back
line was repelled with ease by the defender who
continues to look an absolute steal at £4m.
If the Premier League scouts weren't circling
before, they certainly will be now. Another
excellent month from the centre back whose
partnership with Duffy played a huge part in
ensuring seven points were won over the course of
|| Glenn Murray -
Three more games, two more goals. The striker
on-loan from Bournemouth hit a brilliant equaliser
to earn a point against Aston Villa and netted the
winner against Fulham as his fantastic season
Beram Kayal's absence through injury continues to be
made light work of thanks to his replacements
performances. Not only has he got through a lot of
unnoticed work, but he also managed to score from
the half way line at Bristol City.
One clean sheet out of three in November but that
doesn't take away from his contribution,
particularly in the game against his former side
Fulham in which the goalkeeper made a string of
saves to lay the groundwork for the comeback win.