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BEN GIB­SON be­lieves the mid­week de­feat to Black­burn can serve as a kick up the back­side for his Mid­dles­brough side in the long run.

The 2-1 re­verse was Boro’s first in their last six games.

How­ever, with one game still in hand, they re­main very much in the race for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

But 23-year-old de­fender Gib­son ad­mits his side had it com­ing.

“We must be bet­ter,” he said. “I think it was a game we’d been wait­ing for, for a long time.

“We’ve had that pe­riod where peo­ple have been say­ing we had those games in hand.

“But they don’t mean any­thing un­less you can get points on the board and un­for­tu­nately we’ve wasted an op­por­tu­nity.”

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