Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt on Thursday 23rd August 2012, as part of the build-up to the West Bromwich Albion League Cup game.
RR: When it cropped up a lot of people contacted me and were saying "We've got West Brom". But to be fair, it's kind of moved on for me with West Brom. I know it was another former club, but to me - no - it's just another game really. It's been a couple of years now. So, I'm just going to treat it as another game. Although I agree entirely that for Yeovil, it's a game against a team in the Premier League.
DA: That's the thing, isn't it. You're looking to test yourself against opposition from the highest level.
RR: Yes, we had a taste of it against Stoke. We obviously put in a very good challenge and we got a good result. So yes, again because it's going to be a competitive game, where both teams are going to try to go out and win. Hopefully it will be a really good test to show where we are at.
DA: Do you not keep tabs so much on what's going on at West Brom anymore?
RR: Sort of. Not really results-wise. I've got a lot of really good friends at the club there. I made some really good mates, as when I joined the club I was a young lad, and I was just breaking into football, and they really looked after me. I've got friends for life at that club now. But also a lot of the guys that I was good mates with, they've moved on elsewhere now. Two years in football is a long time. So I've got a few mates there, and they're probably going to come down. I'll be talking to a few of the staff and others. But like I've said I'm a Yeovil Town player now, and I think that chapter has moved on.
DA: With the West Brom challenge itself, obviously they've shown their pedigree already in beating Liverpool on the opening day, so you're coming up against a good team.
RR: Yes, definitely, they've always been a good footballing side. Obviously the new manager (Steve Clarke) now has carried that on. And the players that the club has signed have always tried to play good attacking football. I know they've got a lot of very good players who have played at the top level. So it will be a very tough game for us.
DA: It's a special night, I suppose, to have a home tie against a Premier League side, so the atmosphere will be good.
RR: Yes, I know for a fact that the players that play at that type of level are - with no disrespect to where Yeovil Town is, as it's a League One stadium - but mentally they're not going to want to come down here on a Tuesday night. They might be looking at it and saying "oh, it's a League Cup tie" and that can play into our hands, definitely.
DA: How important is a cup run from Yeovil's point of view? Obviously the League is the bread and butter, but it would be nice to get a cup run or two, I guess.
RR: Yes, I think it's good for everything really. On the whole it's good for the town, it's good for the football club, but also it's good for the players. We had a good cup run at Rotherham and we had a couple of games on Sky. If you play well in a Sky game in front of higher level opposition, then it really gets your name about. You'll have the commentators saying your name. So, I think that can help the players, definitely.
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