Oct 5 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
BEN GIBSON'S breakthrough into first team football with Middlesbrough is making manager Tony Mowbay think again about recruiting a defender on loan.
Gibson, who spent most of last season on loan with Tranmere, made his full league debut last weekend. Then the 20-year-old centre-back marked his first Championship start for Boro by scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield at the Riverside in midweek.
“I want to give Ben Gibson a chance,” said Mowbray. "He's a fantastic individual. It was amazing for him to score the goal, he's been desperate to play, he's been out on loan, because he wants to play football.
“Why would I want to bring a 20-year-old from the Premier League on loan when I have a lad bursting out of his shirt to play for the Boro?
“I want to give him the opportunity. Sometimes it's too easy to go out and pluck a Johnny Average from some team who hasn't played for months when you have Ben Gibson sitting here knocking on my door to get a chance.”
l Wrexham Reserves 6 Tranmere Reserves 0: Tranmere's second string suffered an afternoon to forget at Colliers Park.
Rovers fielded a young side for the Central League fixture with Abdulai Baggie the only player with any first team experience.
Shaun Garnett's side were 3-0 down at half time.
Tranmere: Ramsbottom, Morris, Smith, Boland, Maher, Riley, Snodin, Duggan, Baggie, Davies, Jago. Substitutes: Shackleton, Gumbs, Newton, Shaw, Lamb.