Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Richard Hoskin on Monday 3rd September 2018, as part of the build-up to the EFL Trophy home game against Exeter City.
BM: Yes of course everyone is delighted for the way that we've started the season. But obviously there's still a lot more work to be done. So we just have to stay calm, keep on working hard in games and in training, and to keep our consistency going.
RH: A clean sheet on Saturday. Was that a deserved clean sheet?
BM: Yes, I think so, 100 percent. The back four, and to be fair all of us, worked our socks off. It was unexpectedly really hot, so everyone put in a great shift, and we did deserve a clean sheet.
RH: And what's it like for a dressing room when new faces join a club? Does it give everyone a lift?
BM: Yes definitely. When you see new faces, especially when they're good personalities, coming into the changing room, it's only going to be better for all of us, and we're all going to feed off that energy. Obviously the gaffer brought in some new faces that improved our performances and the way that we're playing. And they're good boys, so it's all positives.
RH: Great to have Olufela Olomola back at Huish Park, isn't it? On Saturday, Omari Patrick got on the ball flying, with a debut goal.
BM: Exactly, it's another player that the gaffer has brough in that is just quality, at the end of the day. It's good for Omari to get his goal on his debut, and for Fela (Olomola) to come back and make his appearance, so that was another debut. So those are all positives to take out of the game.
RH: Without putting words in your mouth, is this the strongest Yeovil squad that you've been part of?
BM: For me personally, I think so. The strength and depth that we've actually got, and in the training sessions everyone is fighting for their places in the starting eleven. I'd personally say that's the best Yeovil squad that I've been involved in.
RH: I guess that competition extends to you, doesn't it? You've had a couple of sub appearances this season, but with Tom James injured, you started on Saturday. You'll be wanting to keep your place in the side now, but that's no easy task.
BM: It's no easy task at all, but of course I'm going to fight, and train my hardest, and work my socks off in the training. When I get my opportunities in the matches, I'm going to take them with both hands.
RH: Do the players look at last season and look at what if? You were so close to Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy, weren't you?
BM: It's true. We were very very close. But it obviously just wasn't meant to be. Hopefully this season we can turn things around and get to Wembley. At the end of the day that's what it's all about - getting to Wembley, getting into finals, winning trophies and I think this is a good opportunity for us to get one.
RH: It's not the most exotic games in these early stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, but in Darren Way, you've a manager that is always taking this competition seriously.
BM: Yes, obviously every competition is a chance to win silverware. I know the gaffer takes every competition seriously, so we've got to be ready to compete at the highest level when we can.
RH: And Exeter, how do you assess them? You've had some good games with them in the past, haven't you?
BM: Yes, a few too many, to be fair! It's a local derby that is going to be an intense game. We just have to focus upon what we have to do, and focus upon our performance, and hopefully we'll come through with the results which I'm pretty sure we will.
RH: If you get through these early stages, there's no reason why you can't have another cup run this year.
BM: Actually there's no reason why we can't. Obviously we did pretty well in the cups last year, so we'll try to replicate that this season.
RH: Just away from Yeovil, obviously you've had some international exposure. With the international break coming up, where are we with your international career?
BM: Obviously I made my debut for Uganda last season. I'm just hoping that if I get called up again, then I'll go.
RH: When you get Exeter out of the way, on this occasion you've got a bit of a break, haven't you?
BM: Yes, we've got a little bit of a break this weekend. But obviously first and foremost you have to get the win tomorrow, then hopefully the gaffer will give us a few days off, fingers crossed!
RH: That will depend on your result, I reckon!
BM: Exactly, 100 percent!
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