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REIDY REFLECTS

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Andy Reid reflected on his first start since September and agreed it was a topsy-turvy affair against Middlesbrough which resulted in a sharing of the spoils at 3-3.

Andy Reid reflected on his first start since September and agreed it was a topsy-turvy affair against Middlesbrough which resulted in a sharing of the spoils at 3-3.

The Republic of Ireland international stepped in for the injured Teemu Tainio at the Riverside and was his usual lively presence on the left side of midfield.

"It certainly was and it was a great game for the spectators, but I suppose not totally for people involved," he reasoned. "It is good that we came out of it with a point really because it is a very difficult place to go and we did well and showed resilience and character - like we have been showing all season.

"It didn't really get going in the first 20 minutes and I think the game needed a goal to kick it into life. After the first goal it did come alive and they had to come out and attack a little bit more. They then went ahead and tried to shut up shop more before Jermaine Jenas scored a great free-kick.

"It was a tough game, they are good at home as they have proved so far this season with some good results."

A point gathered at Middlesbrough is a good sign considering it was where our top six ambitions faltered last term, while Andy points out it is not a marker that can be viewed in isolation considering some the performances this season.

I don't think it is just that game where you can see progress is being made

You can see throughout the season that we have shown character and displayed what a good team spirit there is about the place.

"It is just another reminder of what we can do."

Unfortunately, Andy is now struggling with a knee injury sustained on Sunday - a blow for the leftie having just broken back into the side.

"I made a tackle in the first half and landed awkwardly on my knee," he reported. "I've got a bit of medial ligament damage.

"I haven't played for a few weeks now so it was good to be back out on the pitch. It was a tough game and I worked hard and did my bit for the team. I'm quite happy with that and it is just I shame I had to come off so early."