Young Tranmere Rovers FC defender Ben Gibson extends his loan deal from Middlesbrough
THE young defender who helped Tranmere keep three clean sheets in the first five games of the new League One campaign will be staying on at Prenton Park.
Rovers are confident of extending Ben Gibson’s loan from Middlesbrough until the end of 2012. The arrangement should be signed this week.
Manager Ronnie Moore is delighted with the performances of the 19-year-old, who was originally signed on a youth loan at the start of the season.
Moore said: “We will be extending Ben’s loan until January 2 and it will be sorted early this week. We have agreed everything with Middlesbrough and I must thank their manager Tony Mowbray for helping us with it.”
Gibson turned in another impressive performance in helping Tranmere extend their unbeaten start to the season with a goalless draw at Crewe.
The result wasn’t enough to keep Rovers at the head of the League One table however. They dropped to second after Notts County climbed to the top with a 3-2 home win over Shrewsbury.
The game fell short of expectations. Both teams were below their best and struggled to create clear-cut chances. “I don’t think we did enough to win it,” Moore conceded afterwards. “The clean sheet was nice but it would have been better to have one or two more shots at goal.
“I can’t moan at our players. They worked hard on a red hot day. I probably put the jinx on the game by saying it was between two footballing teams who go end to end and there was no way it was going to be 0-0!
“At least we have a point and we are still in the top two.”
Moore added: “We only had one clear-cut opportunity and Crewe did not create much either. The goalkeepers did not have many saves to make. I felt in the last 15 minutes we were getting on top. We did do some sloppy things and some of the decisions we made on the ball were disappointing but we are still unbeaten.”
Moore recalled Ash Taylor to the heart of the defence alongside Gibson after the centre-back made a faster than expected recovery from a thigh injury.
Roman Golobart, the 20-year-old centre-back recruited on loan from Wigan Athletic to cover Taylor’s absence, had to settle for a place on the bench.
Taylor and striker Jake Cassidy headed directly from Gresty Road to join up with the Wales under 21 squad who have a game in the Czech Republic this evening.
Tranmere have no midweek game for the first time this season. Then they play back-to-back home games against Coventry City on Saturday and Bury on Tuesday, September 18.
Moore is happy with the solid start on the road. He said: “We’re unbeaten in three games and I’ve always said it’s our away form we need to improve. We had another tremendous following at Crewe who really got behind us.”