WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - December 2016
You know you've had a good month when a Champions League
winning manager is having to resort to mind games to try
and unsettle you, and that is exactly what happened as
Brighton and Hove Albion climbed to the top of the
Championship table in December.
Benitez felt the need to come out and say the pressure was
all on the Albion now as leaders. Not that Chris Hughton and
his men were feeling any of it as they remained unbeaten in
the final month of a truly memorable 2016.
two points were dropped away at Cardiff with home wins over
The Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers. They say the sign
of a good side is when you don't play well and get results
and that is exactly what happened in the two away games
against Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City with the trip
to St Andrews being particularly memorable for Glenn
Murray's last minute heroics.
fact that the top three ended up coming exclusively from the
back line says everything about what December's success was
Player of the Month - David Stockdale (28.41% of the vote)
Brighton and Hove Albion
may not have lost a game in the month of December
but they weren't outstanding either as shown by a
goalkeeper picking up the Player of the Month award.
His three clean sheets came relatively trouble free
but it was in the scrappy away wins where he really
proved his worth to the side, keeping the Albion in
the games away at Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham
City which allowed for the late drama of vital
winners. In those games, his performances earned us
four more points than we probably had any right to
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Lewis Dunk (25% of the vote)
The centre back appeared in the top three again for
the fourth month out of five so far this season.
Suffered some difficult moments away at Birmingham
and Blackburn but once again he was part of arguably
the best centre back partnership in the division.
Third: Shane Duffy (16.48% of the vote)
And in third was the other half of that centre back
partnership. It was another excellent month for the
Albion's record signing and he even managed to notch
his first goal for the club against his former club
Blackburn Rovers. What a sweet moment that must have
November's Player of the Month started every game in
December and although he didn't have quite the same
scoring spree with just one goal notched - a
screamer against QPR - he continues to be a vital
piece of the front line.
Part of a defence that secured three clean sheets,
he also proved his worth up the other end with his
first Brighton goal in the 3-2 win over former club
Blackburn Rovers who it looks like we committed
daylight robbery on in only giving them £4m for the
Him and Duffy are easily the best centre back
partnership in the league as they secured another
three clean sheets for their collection. Had some
difficult moments away at Blackburn and Birmingham
but passed the tests with flying colours.
After a relatively quiet November which was
understandable given the sad death of his father,
the Frenchmen was back to somewhere near his flying
best as goals away at Birmingham and at home to QPR
Solly March -
There were questions about how a year out would play
on the career of the England under 21 winger. The
answer appears to be it hasn't made a jot of
difference, as proven in particular with his game
changing sub appearance at Birmingham.
Glenn Murray -
Rested at Blackburn, that inspired him to break his
away goal hoodoo from the bench. He grabbed another
three across the month to maintain his position
towards the head of the divisions top scorers while
that Birmingham winner will live long in the memory.
After a difficult start to the season, the
midfielder is no longer playing like a man who is
out of contract at the end of the season as he was
back to his best of last season in December.
Included scoring a vital goal at Blackburn.
While he wasn't worked particularly hard for any of
his clean sheets, his performances at both Blackburn
and in particular Birmingham were absolutely vital
in ensuring the Albion picked up wins from two tough