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WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - November 2017

November kicked off a run of difficult Premier League games which will have a defining influence on how Brighton and Hove Albion's first season in the top flight in 34 years goes.

They kicked it off in style, securing a huge away win against struggling Swansea thanks to a clean sheet earned by the back four and Maty Ryan and yet another goal from Glenn Murray who continues to prove the doubters wrong.

The international break followed and after that came a 2-2 draw with Stoke as Pascal Gross and the impressive Jose Izquierdo netted as the Albion came from behind twice to take a point against Mark Hughes side.

There was a stunning effort at Old Trafford where a point was the least that we deserved and, had we taken our chances we could have had all three. The game was decided by an unfortunate Lewis Dunk own goal after a magnificent display.

That seemed to take a lot out of the players and they were poor in a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace which rounded off the month, but five points from a possible 12 represented a decent return and kept the Albion in the top half of the table ahead of a daunting December.

November 2017 Player of the Month -  Maty Ryan (67.38% of the vote)
Our most convincing Player of the Month award victory so far and it goes o Maty Ryan who was superb throughout November. His best moment undoubtedly came with that unbelievable double save at home to Crystal Palace which ensured that the Albion didn't face the ignominy of losing at home to our bitter rivals which invoked memories of Michel Kuipers at Wolves it was that good. He was only beaten at Old Trafford by a Lewis Dunk own goal, pulling off another great save at the Theatre of Dreams and his late intervention ensured the months only win was in the bank at Swansea.
Played 5 (5 starts, 0 sub). Scored 0.
Second: Gaetan Bong (9.63% of the vote)
Even a month ago you'd have been laughed out a building if you said Gaetan Bong would be our second best player in November in the Premier League. Yet the left back has not only established himself in the side, but also as one of Chris Hughton's key men at the minute.
Third: Shane Duffy (8.02% of the vote)
May have failed to qualify for the World Cup with the Republic of Ireland, but that didn't lessen his form for the Albion were he was more impressive this month than Shane Duffy. Particularly impressed at Manchester United, making Romelu Lukaku look nowhere near a 70m player.

 

The contenders:
Gaetan Bong - Established himself as first choice left back ahead of Markus Suttner, he was excellent away at Manchester United and played a big part in securing the clean sheet that earned three points at Swansea
Shane Duffy - Remains an automatic pick at the heart of the defence. Had easily his best game in a Brighton shirt away at Old Trafford, making one of the worlds most expensive players in Romelu Lukaku look distinctly average
Lewis Dunk - Fell short of his recent form but that is only because he has been ridiculously good. At fault for a goal against Stoke and scored an own goal at Old Trafford but his performance there and at Swansea means he makes the shortlist
Jose Izquierdo - It's taken time for him to get going, but the Albion's record signing has been a real threat from out wide since coming into the side. Netted the equaliser against Stoke and his pace has left established full backs in a world of trouble
Davy Propper - We're not sure why he garners such negative reviews as the Dutch midfielder has been far better than his partner Dale Stephens so far this season. He was vital in the Albion going forward at Old Trafford and ran the game against Stoke City.
Maty Ryan - Made a vital save in every game this month, none more so than that brilliant one-on-one double save against Crystal Palace. There was also a brilliant point blank block at Manchester United and the money paid for him looks a real bargain now.