Boro captain: ‘Seven hard years to get here and we’ve gone down with a whimper!’

first_imgDevastated Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson has told talkSPORT the club’s relegation from the Premier League is the ‘lowest point’ in his life.Boro’s drop back down to the Championship was finally confirmed on Monday following a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.The Teeside club have endured a torrid first campaign back in the top flight. Despite their commendable defensive record, conceding 48 goals, they have the lowest goal tally in the league and have recorded the fewest wins – only five.Relegation seemed inevitable, especially when they were tasked with saving their status against the champions-elect at Stamford Bridge.Yet that inevitability didn’t lessen the impact of relegation on their players and fans, and centre-back Gibson as called for the club to learn from their ‘wasted opportunity’.“It’s definitely the lowest point in my career, possibly the lowest point in my life,” the Boro skipper told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.“Hopefully I’ll never have this feeling again.“The Premier League is the best league in the world to play football – you play against the best players, the best clubs and it’s the most-watched by fans.“We’ve wasted an opportunity. Seven hard years it took us to get here, and we’ve gone down with a whimper.“Everyone has to look themselves as an individual – think about have they done themselves justice, have they done the football club and their families justice?“Our season and us being relegated isn’t about tonight, it’s about a season of us not being good enough as a football club from top to bottom. Every player, including myself, have not been good enough. It has to be better.“It’s a difficult time for the club. We’ve got to learn from it, move on and make sure we get back quicker than we did last time and make sure when we do we’re better and stronger.”last_img read more

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