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Post-match inquest is a good thing, believes Gibson
SEVERAL members of Middlesbrough's squad convened on the pitch at Loftus Road for a warm-down in the aftermath of Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers and engaged in a frank exchange of views as to where they went wrong.
No fists were raised, no insults were thrown, but grievances were aired that would normally perhaps be saved for the dressing room.
In among them was Ben Gibson, who made his first league start for the club, and is happy to be in a team of strong characters as he feels it shows how much they care for the cause.
“That was just the boys talking, the boys talking about the game, what we could have done individually and as a team, that's good,” said Gibson of the exchange.
“It's good to have some raised voices. We've got a set of lads that are very strong together and they do care. A test of our character would be now, and how we do respond to that, we're lucky we have the Tuesday game because we'll go straight into that.
“I've seen both changing rooms, one with loads of characters with opinions, and one that's a bit quieter. The dressing room I'm in now is one I'd prefer to be in by a country mile. We've got a lot of good leaders and we're aiming to turn it around on Tuesday night.”
Boro face Huddersfield Town tomorrow night, and Gibson admitted the midweek fixtures give beaten sides a good opportunity to right the wrongs of a weekend, rather than dwell on the mistakes made in the week afterwards.
“Nobody likes hanging about and talking about these things, you just want to put them into practice, especially after Saturday's result, we can't wait until Tuesday to put it right, and sort of correct everything we did wrong on Saturday.
Despite the circumstances – his side were well-beaten 2-0 and he conceded a penalty for handball – Gibson realised a long-held dream on Saturday and will achieve another if he starts tomorrow night at the Riverside Stadium.
“It is a dream come true, it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life,” said Gibson. “Someone said to me the other day that it would be a dream fulfilled if I played, and it was – but not in the fashion I'd hoped.
“If I start, it'll be brilliant, it's another one of my dreams, I've dreamt about it since I was a little boy it's been what I've wanted to do on a regular basis, now I've had a taste of it today I want more of it.
“For the penalty, I was sure my hands were in front of my body and that it was a natural reaction, from half a yard away, yes it's hit me on the arm but I'll have to look again. The boys in the dressing room said it was going straight at me and shouldn't really have been given.”
Boro put in possibly their worst performance of the season at Loftus Road, but Gibson is confident that the Teessiders can turn the form around and start picking up victories.
“I completely understand the fans,” said Gibson. “But we ain't a million miles away, not at all. Bar Saturday where we've been poor, we've been a minor issue away, whether it be the bounce of a ball or a referee's decision, we haven't been far away from getting the points we need, and if we can turn the draws into wins we'll be where we want to come the end of the season.
“It hurts a lot. Everyone's individual and everyone reacts in different ways to these situations, I can only speak for myself.
“There's no point sulking over it, crying over spilt milk, we have to go out on Tuesday, get the three points and kick-start our season again.”
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