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Garbutt backs Blues to pull away from danger zone

by | 02/03/2015  Comments (47)  jump

Luke Garbutt says that there is belief in the Everton squad that the team can lift themselves away from any scrap at the bottom of the Premier League to avoid relegation.

The England U21 left back played his second successive game in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in place of Leighton Baines who was rested for the home match against Young Boys last Thursday but then picked up an injury on training on Friday.

That defeat at the Emirates Stadium left the Blues in 14th place in the table, 23 points behind the Gunners whom they almost beat out for a place in the top four last season.

With just six points separating Everton from the bottom three, Roberto Martinez's side need to start picking up points to add to their solitary Premier League victory in 2015 and Garbutt says a draw is the minimum that will be acceptable with the team travels to Stoke on Wednesday evening.

Obviously, we've got a massive period for us coming up where we need to consolidate and not let ourselves get drawn into the mix of, dare I say it, the relegation zone," the Yorkshire-born defender told the Liverpool Echo.

This squad of players believes that we can get out of the position we are in. We just need to win on Wednesday, it is simple as that.

Like his manager, Garbutt believes that many of the Blues' results this season have hinged in fine margins and that includes Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Gunners. Olivier Giroud's first-half goal looked like it would be the difference until Tomas Rosicky's late effort deflected in off Phil Jagielka while Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon were denied by David Ospina at the other end.

We just need to win on Wednesday, it is simple as that.

Away from home, we base our game on counter-attack," Garbutt continued. "If Stoke are coming onto us on Wednesday then that can play into our hands.

Arsenal wanted to play football and come at us and there were opportunities for us on the counter-attack. We create chances, that's the thing, I don't feel we deserved to lose that game at all.

The least we deserved was a draw. There was nothing in the game, we just gave away two sloppy goals.

We are due a change of luck. Our performance was solid enough for us to get a result but the boys need to stick together now because we've got a big game on Wednesday.  

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Dave Lynch
1 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:38:11
All as I seem to hear from the players and manager is.
"We are due a change of luck"

Fuck "Luck", just go out and play some effective and entertaining football.

Mike Hughes
2 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:41:49
IÂ’d settle for effective over entertaining right now.
But you are right, Dave, on your point regarding luck.
It stinks of complacency (not our fault, poor us).
Kase Chow
3 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:46:11
More nonsense talk

The tactics are shite and thatÂ’s our biggest problem. Not luck

It wasnÂ’t a dodgy pen, an offside goal or fortunate ricochet so where did luck play a part?


What is this Â’poor meÂ’ mentality? It stinks.

Doug Harris
5 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:51:46
Player after player seems to come out with all kinds of this and that, gobbing off... Why canÂ’t they just go about it the proper way to win a game which is scoring more goals than the opposition?
Ross Edwards
6 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:58:17
It's always luck isn't it? Even if we lose 6-1 on Wednesday, you can guarantee that the word luck would be used in one of Martinez's deluded ramblings.

And as for Howard. Unbelievable the crap he's come out with. The performances have been really good according to him.

Paul Hewitt
7 Posted 02/03/2015 at 23:26:50
Less talk, more action, please.
Mark Andersson
8 Posted 03/03/2015 at 00:16:05
Luke, you delivered your written lines quite well, who knows you might get the leading roll in one of BillyÂ’s productions.

In the meantime, roll your sleeves up and grind out a win. Sadly I just canÂ’t see it happening, unless we have a massive stroke of luck.

Dan Howard
9 Posted 03/03/2015 at 01:59:16
Words are cheap. Go out and put 3 past Stoke... then weÂ’ll listen.
Sam Rangle
10 Posted 03/03/2015 at 02:05:09
Osman laughing on the bench as weÂ’re down 0-1. No one really giving a rats ass... How has this all happened?? Is this the best we can get?? "with a change of luck..."

None of the players even want to be here let alone play for this guy. Our hands are tied with RM. Sad...

Peter Healing
11 Posted 03/03/2015 at 04:50:13
DonÂ’t believe a word.
Neil Pickering
12 Posted 03/03/2015 at 06:21:13
That's it Luke, the gaffer will be made up with you now seen as you are now delivering the bullshit party line he has told you to, rather than speaking your mind like you did after the Newcastle game and given 6 weeks detention.
Tony Farrell
13 Posted 03/03/2015 at 06:30:49
Why are we letting a egotistical stubborn jumped up little Spaniard kill our beloved club. We are Everton!

At Wigan, he got away with season after season flirting with relegation; the Wigan fans accepted that, an odd win here and there and then stave off relegation – great season.

CanÂ’t we as supporters do anything to save our club? Obviously grinning Bill and his cronies donÂ’t seem bothered. Our ex-players at the club surely must have a word and explain to soft lad what this club means to us fans... and what relegation would do to this fantastic club.

I feel we are in quicksand and no-one gives a fuck but us fans.

Marc Williams
14 Posted 03/03/2015 at 06:48:23
Phenominal little PR piece well delivered there Luke, lad... get your agent to add that to your CV as he touts you round clubs the summer... as you're clearly not going to sign a new contract.

I've heard this sort of complacent nothing nonsense too many times to give a shit anymore... Though, to be fair to you, Luke, if you told it like it was like at Newcastle, I'm pretty sure Señor "nice guy" would drop you again.

Whatever happened to, dare I mention it, just needing a change of luck in these games we're so nearly winning (?!) to climb the Premier League and push for the top four? That was the pre-Christmas script spouted ad nauseum, by players and management.

We don't need a change of luck anywhere near as much as we need a change of : over rated, cringe-worthy, clueless & blinkered manager and totally inept chairman who has overseen this omni-shambles of a season.

Ian Jones
15 Posted 03/03/2015 at 07:37:58
So to some the alternative would have been for him to suggest something like we know we haven't been good enough, we are currently not good enough and are unlikely to be good enough this season. We expect to get relegated etc.

That would of been a bit of reverse psychology. Rest of the teams to play would then be complacent and we would win the next 11.

Andy Meighan
16 Posted 03/03/2015 at 07:52:12
We just need to win on Wednesday. My god, they do state the obvious, these fellas. Absolutely nothing being levelled at Garbutt whatsoever who when heÂ’s played has been a real plus. ItÂ’s the senior players, the likes of Barry, Jagielka, Mirallas etc, who have let us down in this forgettable season.

I see Barry has come out with the "WeÂ’re in danger of being dragged into it" line. Got news for you, pal: We are in it and big time. And we all know whatÂ’s going to happen at Stoke, donÂ’t we. Will they admit then weÂ’re in the brown stuff? I doubt it...

Paul Smith
17 Posted 03/03/2015 at 08:32:05
Ian - all of your above, except "we expect to be relegated". Something along the lines off:

"We're going to work as hard as we can, for ourselves, the fans and we will prioritise keeping our status as one of the longest serving Premier League clubs – we are Everton, for God's sake!" Or something to that effect...

Peter Murray
18 Posted 03/03/2015 at 08:43:39
Garbutt is just giving an open, honest opinion on a game in which he played. The key point which the club needs to address urgently is, yet again, giving away "sloppy goals".
Liam Reilly
19 Posted 03/03/2015 at 09:05:04
I don't see the problem with this. Everton were chasing the game on Sunday when Arsenal got their second and I think he's correct in saying that we didn't deserve to lose.

He's also saying we are in a precarious position and need to start winning and also alluding to teams shutting up shop at Goodison but away from home the onus is on the home side which suits Everton on the counter.

Nothing wrong with this. Really hope this lad signs a contract.

Christopher Dover
20 Posted 03/03/2015 at 09:51:16
Like others, I think we are playing crap, but do you expect or want players to come on and say we will be relegated, we are playing rubbish and we cannot change it?

The part I would take up is saying Stoke will play the way we want them to, so it will be easier for us? Stoke will play in a way to stop us, maybe alter their normal game to stiffle Everton's play. RM does not seem to do this, he has one way, and as has been said on here until all are fed up hearing it, we have been found out; they will play to frustrate us and wait for the mistake so we can go home feeling very unlucky yet again.

Pity you do not get points for bad luck and phenomenal work as we could be be near the top, but you don't so look where we are.

Here's hoping with a downbeat heart that we will play well and win, I keep hoping but, the more I see, the less I expect; so sad and so frustrating.

Colin Grierson
21 Posted 03/03/2015 at 10:05:26
Any coach worth his salt will play a system which suits his team and also takes into account the strengths and weaknesses of the other team. Get the ball up to Lukaku. Play it in front of him. Run at their defence. Create overloads. Its not rocket science is it. Deploy your players to win against the opposition 'with a pre-conceived plan of how to do so'.

This is THE MOMENT. Wake up Roberto and start doing your job!

Drew O'Neall
22 Posted 03/03/2015 at 10:36:10
I must admit to being a bit concerned as to why Garbutt actively refrained from swinging the ball in to the box when he got to the byline on Sunday when we have a 6'4" striker in the middle.
Xavier Spencer
23 Posted 03/03/2015 at 11:45:11
Martinez next manager to lose his job – the odds have shortened considerably at three online bookies over the last 24 hours.

If we lose tomorrow and fuck first leg up against Kiev then will RM have to beat Newcastle to save his job?

Jim Bennings
24 Posted 03/03/2015 at 11:40:12
Wouldn't it be so refreshing just for once to one of the senior players, not Garbutt, come out with some honesty and a realistic assessment of the season, something along the lines of:

"The boy's are all really embarrassed and deeply disappointed by the results this season and the simple fact is we haven't created enough to win matches nor have we defended like a team to stay in games for long enough after taking the lead.

"We all need to take responsibility and we accept we are in danger, looking over our shoulder, there can be no more below-par performances or results, we can't blame luck, we can only blame ourselves and apologize to our supporters for this season."

How much more honest and refreshing that would be to read or hear, rather than the usual dross that merely insults the supporters intelligence.

Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 03/03/2015 at 12:07:30
Jim - Gareth Barry has made a statement in the Echo, he admits that the results have been disappointing but doesn't think there is any great concerns about the performances and the players are confident of getting the required points. He also said that they have to get those points as soon as possible in order to concentrate on the EL.

Pity that the team didn't think that was necessary in the past few months.

James Martin
27 Posted 03/03/2015 at 12:16:01
Patrick, Gareth Barry thinks his own performances have been good this season when he's been one of our worse players. Players like him, Distin, and Neville before him are always happy to come out in public and dampen down expectations with a good bit of PR because they know it keeps them in the team.

When a young play comes out questioning the manager and demanding more, he gets punished whereas really that's the attitude we want rather than the Martinez - Barry mutual appreciation club of utter mediocrity.

Tony J Williams
28 Posted 03/03/2015 at 14:08:12
I'm loving the fact that somehow Ossie is still sort of getting some blame for our piss poor form.

Loving it.

Aren't players allowed to have a laugh on the bench? Why should they sit there stoney faced with a worried apprehension about them?

Do we fans do this? I know I luagh at jokes around me in the ground when we are getting beat, in fact the jokes/funny quips come more frequent when we are.

Michael Evans
29 Posted 03/03/2015 at 14:39:00
Oxford 'O'-Level English paper 1979

Having read Garbutt's interview, Precis the text into no more than one sentence being careful to retain fundamental meaning and expression.

"We are all crapping ourselves."

David Hallwood
30 Posted 03/03/2015 at 14:39:53
Liam (#19) it's a pity you can't import a picture on the comments page because there's a pro zone graphic of Everton's passing and there was NOT A SINGLE PASS in the arsenal penalty area-chasing the game eh?

I'm addition we're shipping goals at a 1-2 ratio (for every 2 shots the opposition scores 1). Sorry but those a stats add up to relegation. We wait each weekend for the golden dawn but all we get is golden showers.

Paul Dark
31 Posted 03/03/2015 at 15:28:18
He plays as speaks: eloquently and stylishly. We have to tie up this boy's contract ASAP.
Mark Stone
32 Posted 03/03/2015 at 16:31:22
“The least we deserved was a draw. There was nothing in the game, we just gave away two sloppy goal"

Ok if it was a one off, but we are giving away sloppy goals every game! That suggests a more serious problem than just bad luck. Worryingly, the manager and some players don't seem to be able, or willing, to acknowledge it.

Harold Matthews
33 Posted 03/03/2015 at 16:36:30
Drew. Didn't notice that one mate. Unlike Coleman, he usually slams it across straight away.
Steven Telford
34 Posted 03/03/2015 at 16:57:06
Have a look at our "completed passes picture" from the arsenal game, and see how pathetic our tactics were.
This pic really tells a story.

Don't worry, It's not a dodgy ink it just comes like that when you do a "copy URL from Facebook

Helen Mallon
36 Posted 03/03/2015 at 17:41:43
Steve Telford how about the pass into the box Lukaku nearly scored from that picture is rubbish
Patrick Murphy
37 Posted 03/03/2015 at 17:53:24
Helen - I think the diagram only relates to passes made inside the area from one player to another rather than somebody receiving the ball from outside the area - I'm sure Steve will put me right on that if I'm wrong. Nevertheless we hardly got the ball into dangerous areas apart from the odd occasion, I think their keeper only had to make one save in the whole 98 minutes which may have resulted in a goal.

Pete Edwards
39 Posted 03/03/2015 at 19:14:55
Why does it explode when a player says something?? They are asked questions by journalists and they answer.... whats the lad meant to say, "We’re shitting it here" or "The team are crap" how many of you would come out in public and slam your boss and/or your employer in public! Or should they all stay quiet and give an icy stare... oh yeh we had one of those and he was slated for that too!!
Jim Bennings
40 Posted 03/03/2015 at 19:39:15

The lad Garbutt is not to blame because it should be the senior players who have played all season and been part of this mess that come out and actually apologize for the truly shocking standard they have served up since day one in August.

I tell you one thing here and now, a honest interview would be much greater received by the fans than all the usual tosh about "bad luck " or "needing the ball to fall for us in the box"

I just want one player to come out and say "look the lads have all performed poorly this season, we don't know why but we need to, and will look into it and we certainly need to find other ways of playing"

The fans need a honest interview or no interview at all, we don't want players who have blatantly underperformed all season coming out blaming pointless factors like luck.

Its not luck that we have won just TWO football matches in the Premier League since the middle of November.

Pete Edwards
41 Posted 03/03/2015 at 20:47:50
Jim, there’s not a lot wrong with what he’s said, and I don’t see why it has to be a senior player, Garbutt is in the first team squad so no reason for him not to interview. We’d all love these interviews to be on the back of a season like last or in the middle of good run of results but unfortunately we are in a low place right now.

Honest would be great but who’s to know what they honestly think? It seems to me Martinez likes to keep everything positive, no matter what, rightly or wrongly, depending how you view that kind of thing or are they saying mostly what they are nudged to say by the people who employ them... In which case, they might very well believe it’s just a little bit of luck not going our way (the more they are told it the more they believe it)

Helen Mallon
42 Posted 03/03/2015 at 21:19:18
On a side note, was Atsu injured on Sunday?
Pete Edwards
43 Posted 03/03/2015 at 21:29:46
He was ill, Helen, I think.
James Carroll
44 Posted 03/03/2015 at 21:45:52
Every single result went our way tonight - all of them.
Colin Malone
45 Posted 03/03/2015 at 22:04:09
Sorry for digressing.
Been watching Chris Long playing for Brentford, the lad looks good, in the right place at the right time, maybe our new fox in the box.
Patrick Murphy
46 Posted 03/03/2015 at 22:27:29
Atsu should be back in training on Friday, said Roberto today; looks like he will use him in the Europa League
Alastair Donaldson
47 Posted 03/03/2015 at 22:32:32
One of the hardest places to go tomorrow... to state the obvious, it's games like this show what you're made of. Cold, windy Britannia stadium... hideous.

What price a midfield of Steven, Reid, Brace & Sheeds right now... reckon they'd all still outpace Barry. Reid would finish Adam. Got to fight first, then play.

Time to go more direct, introduce Roberto's master plan... Hahaha!

Ian Riley
48 Posted 03/03/2015 at 22:34:24
How about we get the ball forward quickly, support the attackers, get the ball in the box and score some goals. Is it me but are the management team and players over complicating winning games.

The players need to now take responsibility and up their game If the manager comes out and says we are in the shit and the players need to up there game then the players might do so. Wins are what counts now not performances!

Trevor Peers
49 Posted 03/03/2015 at 23:16:43
Ian 48# I agree its not rocket science in the 2nd half against Arsenal we did try to get the ball into the box and at least we created a few chances.

It was as if they decided to ditch Roberto's first half plan of possession football in our own half which is over complicated and always doomed to failure. Let's hope the players take the initiative tomorrow and get the ball forward and go for the win.

Mike Childs
50 Posted 04/03/2015 at 16:03:28
I remember way back to 2003 here in the state of MA; the Pats had their starting QB named Bledsoe, who had a million dollar arm but his brain & heart weren't worth 50 cents between them, get injured. On came Tom Brady and, when Bledsoe came back from injury, they stuck with Brady and, lo and behold, they won the Super Bowl.

While I don't expect Robles to become possibly the greatest GK ever as Brady is as a QB, I did believe that with Brady they could win the SB; Bledsoe... no way. The similarities are the same for us: Robles in, we stay up; laughing boy in goal, and we go down.

Harvey Miller
51 Posted 06/03/2015 at 19:47:18
Oh, I'm feeling so much better already. The young prodigy has spoken, we have nothing to fear.
They should be saying that it looks really bad but that they are going to fight like their lives depended on it ( though everybody knows that every one of them will leave if we go down and someone will take them.

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