Watford v Middlesbrough a draw? Boro will go for win says Ben Gibson

WE'VE WON: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson celebrates after they beat Wigan 1-0
WE'VE WON: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson celebrates after they beat Wigan 1-0
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BEN Gibson says that a draw against Watford on Monday will not represent a positive result.

Middlesbrough’s 1-0 win against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic yesterday kept Boro apace with the rest of the Championship’s pace-setters.

We’re where we need to be and it’s up to us to make it happen. It’s in our hands

BEN GIBSON

Even though Boro find themselves in an ideal position for promotion to the Premier League, shared points away from home against teams who have the same aspirations is no longer deemed a good outcome.

Defender Gibson would not be swayed into thinking that a solitary point against the Hornets would not be a bad thing, the England U21 ace adamant that Boro must build on the Wigan victory.

“It’s us against them. It’s six points,” he told SportMail.

“We’ve got to go there and win the game.”

Fuelling Boro’s drive for success at Vicarage Road is the scars of the 3-0 defeat at Bournemouth a fortnight ago.

Boro produced arguably their worst display of the season at Dean Court and that was not lost on the players who are determined to right the wrongs.

“We’re looking forward to it (Monday’s game),” he added.

“We want to put right our last display away from home.

“We all know how poor we were at Bournemouth.

“But that’s in the past now and we can use that to motivate us.”

Win, draw or even the unthinkable lose, Boro can still write their own destiny without reliance on other results going in their favour.

Gibson went on: “We’re in an amazing position with six games to go.

“We’re where we need to be and it’s up to us to make it happen. It’s in our hands.”

Watford drew 2-2 last night at Derby where Odion Ighalo struck a late equaliser. The Hornets took the lead through Matej Vydra but were reduced to 10 men when Marco Motti tripped Johnny Russell in first-half stoppage time.

Darren Bent levelled from the resulting penalty before fellow loanee Tom Ince put the hosts ahead after the break but Watford had the final say.