MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ben Gibson can sense the optimism around Teesside following Boro’s good start to the Championship season, writes CHRIS BELL.
Yet the England Under-21 centre-back – perhaps with memories of Boro’s infamous promotion collapse in the 2012-13 season – says that the only important date is the season’s finale.
“I’m excited, but the table doesn’t matter at this point,” said Gibson, who was in the third-placed Boro squad for today’s crucial clash against second-top Watford.
“We’ll look at the table on May 2. Only then does the table become important. We have to keep knocking the games back.
“If we don’t carry on our it could be a disappointing end to the season.
“It’s going to be tight, a lot of teams are involved this year. We’ll concentrate on ourselves. It doesn’t matter where you are now, only at the end of the season.”
The prize of promotion to the Premier League is not lost on Gibson, who added: “I notice the buzz about the town probably more than most as I’m a local lad and it’s good and it’s important we do that.
“As we’ve said for a long time, we need to get back in the Premier League, not just for the club but also for the town because the town lives off its football.”