Garbutt Proud Of Under-21s
Defender pleased by semi-final run.
Luke Garbutt insists Everton's Under-21s can look back on 2012/13 with pride despite their agonising Premier League semi-final defeat at Tottenham.
Having failed to qualify for the league's 'Elite' group in the first phase of the campaign, Alan Stubbs' side took the toughest route to the season-ending play-offs, topping Group One at a canter before overcoming Group Two winners Newcastle in a last-four qualifier.
And while a 3-2 reverse at White Hart Lane ended the young Blues' hopes of title success, Garbutt, 20 today, remains positive about the term as a whole.
"I think all season we've done very well and losing to Tottenham was very disappointing," he told evertontv. "But I think as a team and as a group of lads we can be proud of ourselves. We put everything into it, we were just unlucky at the end."
After making his first-team debut in August's Capital One Cup defeat of Leyton Orient, Garbutt was rocked by a succession of injuries as he spent much of the rest of the year on the sidelines.
He returned in January to recapture a regular starting role for the Under-21s and now hopes for better luck when the 2013/14 campaign rolls around.
"The first part of this season was difficult for myself personally because I had quite a few injuries, so that was a tough time," he said.
"But second half of the season I got myself back fit, played a regular string of games and I think towards the back end of the season I was performing to the level that I think I should be able to perform at consistently."