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Gibson's dream goal spoiled by Boro draw
BEN GIBSON used to dream about sticking one into the top corner at the Riverside Stadium while sat in the stands as a fan – but while his dream come true this week, he felt it was spoiled by his side's inability to pick up the three points.
Gibson scored the equaliser against Huddersfield Town in front of the North Stand at Boro's ground on Tuesday night, rising high to nod Grant Leadbitter's cross straight into the top corner. It was the 20-year-old's first league start at the ground his uncle, chairman Steve Gibson, built, and the former Marton FC youngster admitted that it was the stuff of fairytales.
“There have been plenty of times in practice down at Hall Drive with my dad on a cold winter Sunday morning where I've stuck one in, but I've always dreamed of doing it at the Riverside,” said Gibson, who cancelled out James Vaughan's opening goal on Tuesday night to seal a 1-1 draw.
“I used to sit in the West Stand with my family and I used to say 'I could get on the end of that, Dad' and to do it was very nice. But I can't stress enough how disappointed we are with not picking up the three points and that's a lot more important than scoring a goal.
“It's my dream to play here, and it's something I'd like a lot more of. I'm doing my best to keep hold of the shirt and to keep doing that because I want a lot more of it. It's one of those things, you don't fully enjoy it when you're 1-0 down, in a game where we dominated, but it's something you have to get on with.
“We were really disappointed in the dressing room afterwards, it was a game we felt we should have got three points in. We started well, we set a good tempo, pressed high, it was looking like one of our better performances this season we think, yet we've come away with only a point.
“I can't reiterate how disappointed we are with that. The Riverside isn't an easy place to come and we played very well on Tuesday. We moved the ball very quick, and on another day it could have been four or five.”
Gibson put in an assured performance at the back alongside Rhys Williams, a partnership which is set to continue on Saturday against Yeovil with Jonathan Woodgate still struggling with a calf injury.
His brief, along with Williams, is to cut out the mistakes at the back, but while Boro were improved in defence, Huddersfield's goal had the slice of fortune that seems to have characterised Boro's goals against them this term.
However, Gibson feels that the luck will start to turn Middlesbrough's way as long as the team keep chipping away, starting with Saturday's must-win game against Yeovil.
“We need three points, everyone expects us to win and yet everyone believes we will win, we're full of confidence and we feel it will turn for us soon,” said Gibson. “A couple of results and you're on a run and you can turn around your position very quickly in this league.
“As I've said before we're not a million miles away, but again, it's a daft goal, we thought we were in control and prevent it.”
Tuesday's draw was played out in front of Boro's lowest league crowd at the Riverside, with the atmosphere at times fractious, but Gibson feels his teammates are striving to give the supporters something to cheer about.
“I understand. I'm a Middlesbrough fan, I'm a Middlesbrough boy, I'm the same way myself,” said Gibson. “I want us to get three points, we're desperate for the points, that shows in our performances. I thought we looked hungry, I thought we were really good on Tuesday and we deserved more than a point.
“We didn't get what we wanted but the performance was encouraging and is something we can take a lot of positives from.”
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