Gibson reveals Clarets hopes
Ben Gibson is hoping his Premier League debut goal against Everton will see him keep his place in the Burnley side to face West Ham.
The 25-year-old central defender joined the Clarets in the summer from Middlesbrough for a club-record £15million fee, but he has had to wait for his first league start because of a hernia problem which required two lots of surgery.
Gibson, who did feature in the Europa League earlier in the season, was thrown in alongside fellow centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski for the visit of Everton on Boxing Day.
However, it turned into a horror show for the hosts, who conceded three times inside 22 minutes and went on to lose 5-1.
Gibson's goal shortly before half-time gave Burnley hope but Lucas Digne and Richarlison made sure of the points for Everton.
Asked if it was a bittersweet afternoon, Gibson said: "Just definitely bitter to be honest with you, a goal doesn't really change anything.
"We're just disappointed with the performance, the result, one that we're really not happy with. We're in a position where we have to pick up wins and points and move forward quickly. It's not a day I'll remember too fondly."
On the possibility of staying in the starting XI against the Hammers at Turf Moor on Sunday, Gibson added: "That's the aim. But it's not about me or individuals, it's about getting the club up the table and that starts with getting a result this weekend.
"It's been a tough start being injured for quite a while. It's not the start that anybody wants and I've been itching to get out there. I just want to help make an impact at the club and with the team."
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