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Ben Gibson: There'll be a lot more twists and turns

5 February 2021

Ben Gibson said he expects there to be many more twists and turns during the remainder of the 2020-21 season in the Championship.

"Obviously it's really disappointing," he said, following Friday's 2-0 defeat at Swansea. "We've come here to win and I think we've controlled large parts of the game. We had a couple of mistakes that weren't like us so disappointing goals to concede. It was a catalogue of errors really, which haven't been in our game but crept in tonight.

"We've been on a good run and had a great start to the season. We wanted to come here tonight and make a statement. We haven't done so. Whilst it feels like the end of the world now, it certainly isn't. 

"One thing we haven't been doing is getting carried away when we're riding high and it's important that we don't get too low now because we lost one game of football.

"We'll go away and assess it, analyse it and learn from it, but you can't get too down now because there are 18 games to go so there'll be a lot more twists and turns yet."

Gibson went into more detail on the goals conceded, explaining how they happened and how we'll respond to it.

"It was two very good Championship sides and they were fine margins. If we get the first goal, it changes everything but tonight they got it.

"Disappointing goal from our point of view. It's not just one person's mistake, I should have been tight to Ayew once the ball drops.

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"The second goal was a catalogue of errors really, so it's disappointing and we'll analyse it and be harsh on ourselves because we have been when we've been doing well and that won't change just because we've lost a game.

"At the same time, come tomorrow after we've analysed it and the game is gone, all we can do is move on and put it right. We've lost games before this season and up until this week it's been a fantastic season.

"We didn't get too high when it was going great and we certainly won't get too low now. Anyone who knows anything about the Championship will know there are going to be a lot more twists and turns yet.

Gibson was happy to give credit to Swansea, who showed why they're towards the top of the table, but added that Norwich have overcome tricky periods before this season.

"There wasn't a lot between us at all to be honest. We ended up being more open towards the end, as naturally when you're 2-0 down you're chasing the game. When it gets to 2-0, a game like that is tough to turn because Swansea defend very well and let us have the ball.

"They made it very difficult to break down, so a disappointing night. We'll analyse it and learn from it. They sound like cliches to say but it's certainly not that. We've done that all the way through this season.

"We didn't start the league great when we had four points after four games. Again, we didn't get too carried away then.

"People will probably say we've felt the pressure because we haven't won a game this week, but that's football and that's the Championship. Anyone who thinks it's going to be an easy ride is so far wrong it's unbelievable.

"It's not the end of the world and we'll bounce back well and judge it at the end of the season."

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