MIDDLESBROUGH have put any talk of a Wembley day out on hold until they see off Brentford in the play-off semi finals later this week.

Defender Ben Gibson has revealed that Boro’s full focus will be on beating the Bees over two legs, but admitted a final under the famous Wembley arch would see the culmination of a dream for the young Teessider.

"We haven't talked about [Wembley] yet. But we've got an enormous task to beat Brentford over two legs. They're a good team,” said Gibson, after Boro’s 0-0 draw against Brighton ensured Aitor Karanka’s side would finish in fourth place in the Championship.

"We can't look to Wembley because we aren't there yet, we need to concentrate on getting a positive result at Brentford next week.

"I can't wait. This is what you play football for, the big moments and the big occasions.

"As a Boro lad going into it, it could make my dreams come true and many other people in this town.

"I thought like lots of other Boro fans that we'd bounce straight back up after relegation six years ago, I don't think we knew how hard the Championship would be.

"We've put a squad together that has got us this far and hopefully we can go all the way."

Boro have been in and around the top six all season, securing their play-off place after beating Norwich City a fortnight ago. But Gibson was surprised to see Derby County fall short at the final hurdle, having lost their final game of the season 3-0 at home to Reading.

"It is surprising, but I think it's testament to how tough this league is and why it's such a good achievement for us to get into the play-offs,” said the England under-21 international.

"It's been no mean feat but we've got what we wanted.

"It went right down to the wire and I think the play-offs will be. It'll be exciting."

There was a minute’s applause for chairman Steve Gibson on one minute to mark his contribution to Middlesbrough, with the 33,381 supporters singing “there’s only one Steve Gibson.”

Nephew Ben was proud to hear the support for his uncle, and hopes the team can deliver promotion to the Premier League in return.

"It will have meant a lot to him. I don't think he's got the credit he deserves, he's been amazing,” said Gibson.

"People who think there's going to be a billionaire come in from somewhere and spend millions on the team, that's not going to happen.

"We've had a chairman who has kept us safe and is always looking forward in the right direction and he deserves all the credit he gets.

"He's the best chairman in the country. There's never been a doubt that our club is going to struggle financially, there's never been a threat of an unsafe or unclear future.

"He's always been there, we've been a steady ship and we always will be because he knows what he's doing."

"Promotion would mean everything. He's a Middlesbrough lad, he's a fan before anything. That's why he took over the club, when it was in the doldrums, and look where he's brought it.”