‘The squad is probably as good as it gets in this division’ – Garbutt says Town have ‘massive confidence’ ahead of Sunderland clash
Goal-scoring debutant Luke Garbutt believes that Ipswich Town are ‘as good as it gets’ in League One - and go into Saturday’s huge home opener with Sunderland with ‘massive confidence’.
Garbutt, who netted in the 1-0 win at Burton on Saturday, is also adamant that the Portman Road faithful, and the vociferous away fans who made such a noise at the Pirelli Stadium, have a big role to play in the club's quest for an immediate return to the Championship.
The Blues are expecting a crowd of more than 20,000 to rock Portman Road on Saturday.
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"It gives us massive confidence," insisted Garbutt, with reference to the battling win at Burton. "We have to start on the front foot again at home this Saturday.
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"We have great strength in depth, especially going forward, plus we have a couple of centre-halves coming back and the skipper coming back next week.
"The squad is probably as good as it gets in this division, I believe so. We just need to keep moving forward and keep that mentality of trying to win every game.
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"We should be up there this season, 100%. If we work hard and do the basics well, we have more than enough going forward to be a threat in this league.
"We just have take care of the basics and do the defensive duties well, and then I believe we are going to get more positive than negative results.
"Last season this league had a few big teams, and there are a few big-hitters again this season, including Sunderland.
"The standard of football towards the top end of the division will be good, and I think it will be tight."
This is a big season for 26-year-old Garbutt, who is on loan from Everton for the campaign, as well as Town.
"It's my final year at Everton, and so this is a great platform for me to show what I can do and how I can perform," explained left-sided specialist Garbutt.
"I want to show what I can do, at a big club in this league. My time is running out at Everton, obviously with a year left on my contract and me going out on loan again, so probably my future is going to be away from Everton.
With reference to the fans, Garbutt said: The supporters were great (at Burton). They were brilliant, really loud, and it felt like a home game. That pushed us forward and made us get a positive result.
"They really got behind us. We will get backed, and that should push the club forward."