WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - March 2017
The return of international football meant that Brighton
and Hove Albion only played four times in March, with
two wins and two defeats ensuring they finished the
month with a six point gap to third placed
of the losses came on the road, a highly disappointing 3-0
defeat at Nottingham Forest in which Forest scored with
their only three shots on target and a 2-0 reversal at a
raucous Elland Road against a The Leeds United side who are
firmly in the play off picture.
the victories, there was a routine 2-0 win over bottom of
the table Rotherham United as we finally scored a goal at
The New York Stadium at the third time of asking. Our only
game of the month at the Amex featured a resounding 3-0
success over Derby County which was enough to cost Steve
McClaren his job.
Perhaps the main story of March however was the number of
injuries picked up, particularly to key defenders. Which
means some names that haven't featured heavily in our Player
of the Month short lists so far this season are well in
contention for the prize...
Player of the Month - Uwe Hunemeier (33.76% of the vote)
When Shane Duffy picked
up a long term injury in the defeat away at
Nottingham Forest, it looked like a massive blow.
The sort of feeling of dread and worry you'd get if
you signed your Nan up to a new doctors surgery only
for it to be run by Harold Shipman. That Duffy's
absence has hardly been noticed is down to the
brilliant form of Uwe Hunemeier. The BFG has spent
the best part of a year frustrated on the sidelines
but he has grabbed his opportunity with both hands
by being absolutely excellent in helping secure
clean sheets against Derby and Rotherham and also
excelling at Leeds.
Played 3 (3 starts). Scored 0.
Second: Solly March (24.89% of the vote)
He may not have started a game in March, but that
didn't stop Solly March claiming second place in the
poll. He scored his second goal of the season in the
2-0 win against Rotherham and it remains a mystery
as to why Chris Hughton won't unleash him from the
Third: Sam Baldock (14.77% of the vote)
Last months winner continued that fine form to
secure third place. Scored another goal in an
impressive performance in the victory over Derby and
played a big part in securing the three points at
Rotherham. Quite rightly is now one of the first
names on the team sheet.
||Sam Baldock -
Added another goal to his collection in the 3-0 win
over Derby County in which he proved a constant
threat. He also played his part in the victory at
Rotherham to continue his impressive season.
The Big German defender has had a terrible year of
injuries but his patience in waiting for an
opportunity has been rewarded thanks to Shane Duffy
and Connor Goldson's injury problems and he has
taken full advantage with some superb performances.
Another who has had to patiently wait to claim a
first team spot after injury, he was thrown back
into the side after the defeat at Nottingham Forest.
The result? Two successive wins, two clean sheets
and two games dominated by the Albion midfield.
Struggled in the games at Nottingham Forest and
Leeds but was at his unplayable best in the victory
over Derby in which he scored, while he also netted
away at Rotherham.
||Solly March -
Used mainly as an impact sub during March with both
Jiri Skalak and Jamie Murphy preferred as starters,
the winger made a difference when thrown on at
Rotherham in particular, scoring a goal in the
||Liam Rosenior -
Out injured since August, he understandably looked a
little rusty at Forest but has got better with each
passing game, stepping into the left back role to at
least ease part of the defensive injury crisis.