Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I HAVE LEARNED FROM MY MISTAKES; Ben Gibson Has Left Last Season's Nightmare Moments Behind as He Looks to the Future

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I HAVE LEARNED FROM MY MISTAKES; Ben Gibson Has Left Last Season's Nightmare Moments Behind as He Looks to the Future

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Byline: Anthony Vickers

BEN GIBSON will be aiming to banish some ghosts at Watford today and continue a solid season of steady improvement.

e Teessider has been a Turn to Page 46 Gibson: I analysed my mistakes with my dad and I think I have figured it out 'I was trying too hard as Boro is my home club' From Back Page rst team xture and a key component of the best defence in the Championship this term and looks certain to feature in the summit six-pointer (12.30pm).

But the fast maturing centre-back, just turned 22, is the rst to admit that last season - his rst as a regular for Boro - was peppered with costly mistakes as he learned his trade.

e trip to Watford was perhaps his low point, as a rash tackle conceded a spot-kick that gave the Hornets a 1-0 win - and then he saw red.

"I had a bit of a nightmare at Watford last year," he recalled.

"I gave a penalty away and I probably cost us the game, and then I got sent o for two cheap yellow cards so I'm looking forward to going there and putting that right this time.

"I won't be dwelling on that this time, I'll just go and play my own game - and I think I am a much better player now."

" Last term Gibson was sent twice and gave away a string of penalties as his lack of experience showed at times.

But he has come on leaps and bounds since then and cut out the mistakes -and he believes came because he was trying too hard.

"People said I'd had a good rst season, but I was really disappointed," he recalled " at season was massive for me because even though I'd played a lot of league football before, I was stepping up to a higher level and I know I made a lot of costly errors.

"And the mistakes were ones I'd never made before, and I couldn't think why.

"But in the summer I sat down with my dad and we analysed every one of them, and I think I gured it out - I think because I was playing for my home town club I was maybe trying too hard. I wanted everything to be prefect.

"So for example, if I didn't win a header I was desperate to get the ball back, and it was often in the second phase of play that I made the mistake. …

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