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Ben Gibson: We have to roll our sleeves up and win the battle

14 October 2020

Norwich City defender Ben Gibson says the Canaries must be ready to fight to play their own way against Rotherham on Saturday (3pm KO).

Coming off the back of an international break, the Canaries will be looking to resume to winning ways as they travel to the AESSEAL New York Stadium for Saturday's game.

Discussing his debut against Derby and the thoughts after that loss, Gibson says he was delighted to make his first City appearance, but the result wasn’t so satisfactory.

“It was great to get underway, I’d been itching watching the lads play and being part of training, itching to get going," he said in an interview with OTBC, our matchday programme.

"It was good on a personal note, but we were obviously really, really disappointed with the result in a game that we controlled and really should’ve taken three points from, never mind one.

“There’s a line and you can’t just keep saying every week, ‘We’ll take the positives’, you have to turn that into results at some point.”

Reflecting on that result’s impact on the season so far, the defender is certain that results will start going their way soon, so long as the quality of performance is maintained over the coming weeks.

“We won the first game against Preston and we’ve had two pretty good performances after that in Bournemouth and Derby where in terms of result we’ve come off second-best. Over a long period, good performances do lead to successful results.

“That’s something we believe in, we believe the results will come and we’re not looking past this week, we want it to come this weekend and really kick-start our season. A week in this league can change everything very quickly.”

Looking ahead to the Rotherham game this weekend, Gibson expects the Millers to be a tough team to break down, calling on his team to battle to play their way.

“I think they’ll be physical, we know they’re going to give 110% to every lost cause, they’re going to get after every ball down the channels, they’re going to make it really tough.

“That’s what this league is, you’ll be taking on a team of men, we’ll have to roll our sleeves up and win the battle and earn the right to play our football. We’re not going to be able to stroll out there and easily play all the way to a 3-0 win, it just doesn’t happen like that.

“You have to roll your sleeves up, you need men, you need to be organised, you have to be disciplined and win the battle to earn the right to play the football we want to play.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do that as the game settles down and we’ll be able to install the way we want to play onto the game.”

You can hear more from Ben Gibson in our matchday programme for Tuesday night's game against Birmingham City at Carrow Road. Subscribe here.

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