WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - February 2017
There was plenty of talk about "Seagulls choking" again
in a February which saw Brighton pick up 11 points out
of a possible 21 - one of their worst months of the
campaign so far.
Putting in two of their worst displays of the season didn't
help matters in losing away to a hugely impressive
Huddersfield Town side and drawing at home with Ipswich
Town. But despite the doom and gloom, there were impressive
wins in a tricky tie at home to Burton Albion, a mauling of
fellow promotion candidates Reading and a first victory away
at Barnsley in 26 years.
Another big point was picked up in the hugely entertaining
draw at Brentford which featured yet another David Stockdale
penalty save and despite all the doom and gloom, the Albion
still ended the month in a strong automatic promotion
position although now trailing Newcastle after their 2-1 win
at the Amex which rounded off the month.
Player of the Month - Sam Baldock (50% of the vote)
February went a long way
to highlighting just how important a player Sam
Baldock is for Brighton now. They say you don't
realise you are missing something until it is gone
and he missed the draw at Brentford and the defeat
at Huddersfield. With Baldock returned to the side,
he scored four goals in five games including both in
the 2-0 win at Barnsley, an absolute screamer in the
4-1 win over Burton Albion and the opener against
Reading. He has now hit doubled figures for a season
for the first time in his Albion career and the
reward is a richly deserved second Player of the
Month award of 2016/17.
Played 5 (5 starts). Scored 4.
Second: David Stockdale (24.58% of the vote)
The winner of the previous two Player of the Month
awards has to settle for second place this time
around. There was yet another penalty save which
helped earn a point away at Brentford and he was in
inspired form in the draw at home to Ipswich and the
win away at Barnsley in particular.
Third: Shane Duffy (16.25% of the vote)
Mr Consistent again makes the top three of a Player
of the Month award. One brilliant block at home to
Ipswich helped to earn a point and he also popped up
with his second goal for the club and a vital one at
that in the draw at Brentford.
||Sam Baldock -
Has now made it into double figures in a season for
the first time in his Brighton career, adding
another four goals in February including a brace
that helped secure a first win away at Barnsley in a
Had his best month in some time in February,
appearing somewhere near back to his attacking best
from right back. Unlucky not to score against
Newcastle with a thumping volley in a game in which
he managed to largely keep the dangerous Matt
Excellent against Reading and Newcastle in
particular, the centre back continued his knack of
delivering vital goals at vital times on the road
when heading home the first equaliser against
|| Tomer Hemed -
He had a good January and carried that form into
February, even taking over as first choice striker
from Glenn Murray for a period. That resulted in
four goals across the month including the vital 9th
minute equaliser at Brentford.
His set piece delivery proved vital in the comeback
against Brentford and he ran Newcastle ragged for
long periods of the league leaders visit to the
Amex. Netted a deserved goal in the win over
||Steve Sidwell -
Regained his spot in the middle of the park at the
expense of Oliver Norwood for the victory at home to
Burton and hasn't looked back, forming an effective
partnership with Dale Stephens.
|| Dale Stephens -
Injured for the points dropped away at Huddersfield
and Brentford to continue his brilliant record of
not being on a losing side for the Albion in God
knows how long. That ended in the Newcastle defeat
but February showed how vital he is for the side.
Produced another brilliant penalty save at Brentford
which helped secure a point. Had a few
uncharacteristically funny moment in the month but
they were more than outweighed by another ridiculous
amount of points earning saves.