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REID ALL ABOUT IT

Posted on 22 October 2005  - 12:00

Clive Allen sung the praises of Andy Reid after the winger's wonderful display in the reserves' 2-1 win against West Ham on Tuesday night.

Clive Allen sung the praises of Andy Reid after the winger's wonderful display in the reserves' 2-1 win against West Ham on Tuesday night.

Playing in a free role as a supporting striker off Lee Barnard, the Republic of Ireland international scored a cracker from 25 yards to level Elliott Ward's early goal during a 20-minute spell where he just about ran the game.

During that purple patch he "scored" a free-kick from just over the half-way line that was called back because the referee hadn't blown his whistle, scored his goal, hit the post and to cap it all, hit a spectacular volley from all of 40 yards that young keeper Matt Reed did well to tip over. It really was something special.

His form continued in the second half as he set up two golden chances that "Barney" failed to convert. Thankfully, the top scorer had already found the target from 25 yards for what turned out to be the winner four minutes after the break.

REIDY'S ROLE WAS SOMETHING I SPOKE TO MARTIN JOL ABOUT, HE WAS HAPPY FOR HIM TO GO IN AND PLAY JUST OFF LEE BARNARD AND REIDY WAS HAPPY TO AS WELL

His form continued in the second half as he set up two golden chances that "Barney" failed to convert. Thankfully, the top scorer had already found the target from 25 yards for what turned out to be the winner four minutes after the break. "When we got a good ball to him you could see what he's capable of.

"He scored a sensational goal and there could have been an even better second with the effort from a long way out that the keeper did well to get back and turn over at full stretch.

"There was a period when he was just about unplayable. When you get the ball into his feet in the right areas he's very clever, he's sees things, makes things happen and his contribution was what you'd expect from an international class player."