WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - January 2017
January ended once again with Brighton and Hove Albion
top of the Championship table, although it wasn't an as
easy month as that makes things appear. But hey, the
sign of a good team is winning when you aren't playing
well and that is exactly what Chris Hughton's side did.
woeful display away at Fulham ended in a 2-1 victory thanks
to two goals in the only good 90 seconds we had all day.
That was largely thanks to a brilliant penalty stop from
David Stockdale and he repeated the trick two league games
later when Sheffield Wednesday were seen off - all of which
must make him not favourite to win our Player of the Month
award for the second month in succession.
was a rare defeat away at Preston North End thrown between
those two while a typically stubborn Neil Warnock side were
seen off as Cardiff City were eventually vanquished 1-0.
Disappointingly our FA Cup adventure came to an end with a
3-1 defeat for the stiffs away at Conference leaders Lincoln
City in the fourth round, having seen off McDons 2-0 in
round three at the start of the month.
Player of the Month - David Stockdale (89.85% of the vote)
Outside of a North
Korean election, this has to be the least shocking
result of a vote ever. David Stockdale was
phenomenal throughout January and that is reflected
in the fact that he wins with the biggest share of
the vote of any of Player of the Month polls since
they began five years ago. He produced two penalty
saves away at Fulham and at home to Sheffield
Wednesday - both games that would not have been won
without him. And it wasn't just his heroics from six
yards either as he produced a string of fine saves
in another win that could've ended very differently
at home to Cardiff.
Played 4 (4 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Shane Duffy (4.95% of the vote)
The Irish centre back made the top three for the
second month in succession, going one better than
his third place finish in December. Highlights
included a faultless performance away at Fulham and
a quite outrageous block late on to help secure the
three points against Cardiff.
Third: Anthony Knockaert (2.72% of the vote)
It seemed like another quiet month for the winger.
And when we say quiet, we mean he 'only' scored
twice against Sheffield Wednesday and set both goals
up away at Fulham. That was enough to fire him to
third place with less than 3% of the vote.
The defence had to be at their best to repel a lot
of pressure away at Fulham and he certainly played
his part in that. Had a particularly big game
against Cardiff where one outrageous block towards
the end helped secure the victory.
Showed his worth at both ends of the pitch, popping
up for what proved to be the winner away at Fulham.
He then cheekily got himself booked to ensure he
missed the MK Dons FA Cup game although he was also
absent for the Preston defeat as a result.
Tomer Hemed -
It's been a frustrating season for the Israeli
international who has largely had to make do with a
spot on the bench. But he grasped his opportunities
when they came along in January, scoring against
Fulham, McDons and Cardiff.
It was a quiet month by the Frenchman's ridiculously
high standards, yet it says everything about him
that in a quite month he still managed to be the
architect of the comeback against Fulham and score
both goals in the Sheffield Wednesday victory.
We hadn't seen much of the on-loan Belgian left back
so far this season until January when he finally
became a regular in the side. A real threat
attacking from left back, his ball in to set up the
winner against Wednesday was a thing of real beauty.
We try not to influence peoples votes on these
things, but if this man doesn't win it will be a
travesty. Penalty saves against Fulham and Wednesday
turned what two points into six and he also kept
Cardiff at bay in the first half of that win.