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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - September 2017

Two wins and a defeat represented a promising second month in the Premier League for Brighton and Hove Albion as we ended September in the dizzy heights of 14th spot in the division.

After all the hulabaloo surrounding the clubs failure to sign a striker in the transfer window, Pacal Gross went some of the way to alleviating fears about where the goals would come from as he scored twice in the 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

It was a good month for the German as he also set up Tomer Hemed's goal in that game and claimed an assist for Solly March's header in the 2-1 defeat away at AFC Bournemouth.

Hemed himself scored the only goal of the game at home to Newcastle United but blotted his copybook somewhat by getting banned for three games for a stamp that was unseen by the referee while two of the other stars of the show have been Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, both of whom received rave reviews during the televised games with Bournemouth and Newcastle.

September 2017 Player of the Month -  Solly March (32.32% of the vote)
What a month Solly March had. He has given established Premier League full backs headaches as the Albion won two out of their five games in September to move up to the dizzy heights of 14th in the Premier Division table. He scored a cracking header away at Bournemouth for his first goal of the season but, best of all for an Arsenal fan who described Thierry Henry as his hero, would've been the fact that the former Gunners legend was raving about him on Sky Sports. Having been selected for England at under 21 level by Gareth Southgate, could he end up forcing his way into the senior squad?
Played 4 (3 starts, 1 sub). Scored 1.
Second: Pascal Gross (28.62% of the vote)
The German was involved in all five of the Albion's goals in September, scoring twice against West Brom, assisting against the Baggies and at Bournemouth and sending in the free kick which Tomer Hemed scrambled home against Newcastle. With him playing well, we might score enough to stay up.
Third: Lewis Dunk (23.57% of the vote)
Last months winner had another sterling month, blocking virtually everything that came his way in the wins over West Brom and Newcastle. He received rave reviews from Jamie Carragher after the Bournemouth game and that 20/1 for him to make England's World Cup squad looks pretty big at the moment.


The contenders:
Shane Duffy - Has been overshadowed by his centre back partner Dunk but that doesn't mean the Irish defenders contribution should go unnoticed. Has headed and blocked anything that has come his way with the only blip being a funny five minutes at Bournemouth
Lewis Dunk - He won the award for last month and has a real case for this month. Dealt well with Bournemouth's dangerous front line at the Vitality Stadium and played a huge part in the clean sheet that helped defeat Newcastle United
Pascal Gross - Made the 3m paid to Ingolstadt look a bargain, being involved in all five goals scored in September - netting two himself against West Brom, crossing for March at Bournemouth and sending in the free kick which led to the winner against Newcastle.
Tomer Hemed - The Israeli would probably have been sold had we have signed a striker in the window. Instead, he found himself scoring in back-to-back home games as well as putting in a man of the match showing at home to Newcastle as the lone striker.
Solly March - Scored at Bournemouth, has been a constant headache to opposition full backs in September and got the highest praise possible for a winger who loves to cut in from the left after Thierry Henry raved about him on Sky Sports.