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Staunton pitches Reid into action

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Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton has backed midfielder Andy Reid to bounce back from the disappointment of being dropped and help steer his nation towards Euro 2008 qualification.

Staunton will bring the Charlton man - who produced arguably his best performance in a Republic shirt in last month´s 4-0 defeat of Denmark - back into his midfield for Wednesday´s vital Group D clash with the Czech Republic following the loss of Stephen Ireland - preferred in Saturday´s draw in Slovakia - due to a family bereavement.

Staunton said of Reid: "The conditions on Saturday definitely wouldn´t have suited him but he is such a talent he can conjure a goal up out of anything or play that killer pass. I think the pitch will suit our players as much as theirs. They are a very good footballing side but I like to think our lads are growing and they are used to playing on good pitches."

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