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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - March 2018

After a stunning February, it was back to Earth with a bang somewhat as Brighton and Hove Albion lost three of their four games in March to leave their Premier League future still hanging in the balance.

The month began well enough with a first win over big six opposition as goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray dispatched Arsenal 2-1 at the Amex, but since then the Albion haven't won a game or even scored a goal.

The victory over the Gunners was followed by a 2-0 defeat at Everton which could've been even worse were it not for a brilliant penalty save from Maty Ryan, a 2-0 defeat away at Manchester United in the FA Cup in which Brighton were probably the better side and a 2-0 loss at home to Leicester in which profligacy cost us dear.

Given those struggles in front of goal, its not surprise to see a defence-heavy shortlist for our March Player of the Month award

March 2018 Player of the Month -  Lewis Dunk (25.13% of the vote)
Had arguably his best game of the season in the opening match of March, netting at the right end after four own goals to open the scoring against Arsenal and going on to keep a strike force costing nearly 100m quiet for the remainder of the game. He then excelled in the FA Cup Quarter Final away at Manchester United as the Albion came close to making the last four of the competition for the first time in the clubs history, which would have made him the first Brighton captain to lead the side out at Wembley on two occasions after being skipper for the league defeat against Spurs in December.
Played 4 (4 starts, 0 sub). Scored 2.
Second: Maty Ryan (22.46%)
Another month, and another quite brilliant penalty save from the Australian number one as he kept the scoreline somewhat respectable when keeping out Wayne Rooney's spot kick away at Everton. He pulled off some vital saves in the win over Arsenal as well.
Third: Davy Propper (21.39% of the vote)
It appears as though the contributions of Davy Propper to the Albion this season are finally being recognised as the Dutch midfielder cracked the top three for the second time. His role in March became particularly important after Dale Stephens "minor hamstring injury" ruled him out all month.

 

The contenders:
Shane Duffy - It was a good month for the defender as he was named Republic of Ireland's Player of the Season and was particularly impressive when dealing with Arsenal's expensively assembled front line in the win over the Gunners
Lewis Dunk - Finally scored at the right end this season with his opener against Arsenal to start off an excellent month in which he skippered the Albion in all four games and looked somewhere near back to his best
Pascal Gross - The assists continue to flow for the German and he was particularly impressive against Arsenal, outshining his compatriot Mesut Ozil as the best creative midfielder on display
Beram Kayal - He's been forced to wait patiently for his chance this season given the form of Davy Propper and Dale Stephens but injury to the latter has seen him thrown in with a set of decent performances, especially in the Manchester United and Leicester games
Davy Propper - With partner Stephens out with a "minor knock" that has lasted for three weeks, the Dutch midfielder has had to step up to the plate and he has done so with arguably his best month in an Albion shirt so far
Maty Ryan - Made some vital interventions against Arsenal to help preserve the three points and saved his second penalty in the space of a month with a quite brilliant stop from Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park