brighton logo Player of the Month - October 2017

The highlight of October was undoubtedly Brighton and Hove Albion winning their first away game in the Premier League, a 3-0 success away at West Ham United in one of the best games on the road we've had in years.

Glenn Murray scored twice in that and added a third goal of the month in the 1-1 draw with Southampton a week later to take over at the top of the Albion goal scoring charts.

The month began with a 2-0 defeat away at Arsenal where the Gunners dominated the game but were unable to run up a big scoreline thanks largely to the brilliance of Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Maty Ryan.

That trio were at it again after the international break when Everton visited, Ryan in particular putting in the graft to secure a 1-1 draw with a number of brilliant saves, none of which were better than his double stop right at the death.

Pascal Gross now sits third in the Premier League assists list behind only Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva while it was also a good month for Gaetan Bong, handed a surprise start against Arsenal which he has grabbed with both hands to establish himself as first choice left back ahead of Markus Suttner.


October 2017 Player of the Month -  Lewis Dunk (30.77% of the vote)
Gareth Southgate might not rate him enough yet to pick him for England, but Lewis Dunk has had another superb month at the heart of the defence as he held off the challenge of Pascal Gross by just over 1% to be our October Player of the Month. He was a one man blocking machine against an Arsenal side who never really got out of second gear during our draw at the Emirates and played a pivotal role in securing home points against Everton and Southampton. As for the win at West Ha, God only knows why Slaven Bilic told his team to consistently cross the ball but that was easy for him too.
Played 4 (4 starts, 0 sub). Scored 0.
Second: Pascal Gross (29.06% of the vote)
Runner up for the second month running, the German midfielder played his part in another three goals to be behind only Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in the assists chart. Particularly promising looks to be his link up with Glenn Murray, for whom he provided two goals in October.
Third: Glenn Murray (20.09% of the vote)
It's taken him a while to get going, but Glenn Murray is up and running now in the Premier League. Two goals at the London Stadium paved the way for victory over West Ham and he was also on target with an excellent header in the home draw with Southampton.

The contenders:
Gaetan Bong - Given a surprising start away at Arsenal, he did well in dealing with the Alexis Sanchez threat and then played a big part in the clean sheet at West Ham United and another solid defensive showing against Southampton
Shane Duffy - Was a one man heading and blocking machine against Arsenal. Quite why West Ham decided to put over 30 crosses into the box when he was there at the London Stadium is anybodies guess
Lewis Dunk - Rumours abound that he is on the verge of an England call up and it isn't hard to see why. He again had the pundits raving with his performance against Arsenal and is one of the main reasons that the defence looks so tight at the minute
Pascal Gross - Three more assists have taken him third in the assists chart behind only David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne. They included a brilliant cross at West Ham, a fantastic delivery against Everton and a ball straight onto Glenn Murray's head against Southampton.
Glenn Murray - After an injury hit start to the campaign, he got up and running with a brace at West Ham United and then scored a trademark header in the home draw with Southampton. Has led the line impeccably in October
Maty Ryan - Made a number of crucial saves to keep the score down at Arsenal but even more important was his role in the draw with Everton, particularly the late double save that helped the Albion cling onto a point.