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Gibson: We Have To Fix It

Not the perfect start but debutant Gibson ready to learn collective lessons

26 December 2018

Ben Gibson hopes there’s better to come after his Premier League debut for the Clarets ended in disappointment.

Gibson marked his first appearance with Burnley in the top flight with a goal as he gave Sean Dyche’s men a glimmer of hope at Turf Moor.

But three early goals for Everton ultimately left the Clarets with too much to do as the Toffees rode out a spell of home pressure either side of the break to strike twice more and complete a 5-1 Boxing Day rout.

“That’s what I came here for. You want to play and help the team,” said Gibson, whose bow was delayed by two bouts of hernia surgery following his summer signing from Middlesbrough.

“It was a bad day for us as a team and certainly not the way you want to make an impact. 

“It’s disappointing for me, the team, all of us today. We have to go away, fix it and make sure we come back at the weekend a lot stronger.

“It’s not a result we’re pleased with, not a performance we’re happy with and we’ll be working hard to put it right.

“They’ve got very good quality players. They’ve made a lot of good additions and today showed that. A couple of mistakes were punished.

“But have to focus on ourselves. We have to get back to the drawing board, have a look at it, analyse it and make sure we put it right in the next game.”

Gibson started on the left-hand side of a three-man central defence and performed as well as anyone else on the day – twice smelling danger to snuff out chances for Theo Walcott.

He was sacrificed with just over an hour gone as boss Sean Dyche brought on two widemen in a switch back to 4-4-2 to try and get back into the game.

The manager was left with food for thought on the back of a run of nine defeats in 11 games which have left the Clarets in the relegation places at the half-way point of the season.

And Gibson is expecting a response as Burnley prepare to face West Ham United at Turf Moor on Sunday and then Huddersfield Town on 2 January in two big games.

“There’s a fine line between brushing it off and moving on too quickly and not learning from it,” added the former England under-21 international.

“You’re not going home singing and dancing and that’s it, it’s gone. You have got to go away, look at yourself in the mirror, learn from it and make sure we come back as a better outfit.

“On the same note, you’ve got to make sure it doesn’t linger into our performance at the weekend because we have an opportunity to put it right and we have to take that with both hands.

“It’s a massive game. It’s a game we can win and you win one game and all of a sudden you go into the next game thinking you can win two.

“You get six points and it changes very quickly, so we focus on one game and that’s West Ham this weekend and we focus on putting right what we’ve done today and getting three points – and nothing else.”

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