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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Picture credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Picture credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Picture credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

ANDY REID put on an FA Cup show for Ireland's assistant manager after Roy Keane came away from his old stomping ground having seen the Dubliner and Nottingham Forest shock West Ham United in one of the upsets of the competition.

And the 31-year-old then ended speculation about his future by agreeing a new two-year deal with Forest, that news a major boost to their manager Billy Davies as his side continue to chase for promotion to the Premier League.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce rested some of his star players for the cup game at the City Ground – former Waterford United man Sean Maguire made the Hammers bench for the first time, though he was an unused sub – but it was a miserable day for the top-flight side, Forest running out 5-0 winners on the day.

While Martin O'Neill was on scouting duties at the Amex Stadium, taking in the Brighton v Reading FA Cup tie, Keane was back at Forest where he saw his former club earn that 5-0 win, Reid scoring the final goal in added time, while Simon Cox made an appearance as a late sub.

"It was important to keep the momentum going, we have been on a really good run in the league and to keep it going was fantastic," said Reid after the win.

"Right from the first whistle I thought we were fantastic all over the pitch."

It was a good day for Forest already but the day got even better as Davies stated after the match that the club had managed to agree terms on a new deal with the in-form Reid – the Dubliner's current deal was due to run out in the summer.

"I'm delighted to announce Andy Reid has just signed a new two-year contract," the Forest boss confirmed.

"He is working really hard in training, he looks in a very good condition, which is very important, and we all know he's got the quality.

"We've made him captain and what we'd like now is for him to lead this team to the Premier League, that's the most important objective and we're delighted to have him here for another two years."

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While Keane got to see Reid and Cox in action for Forest, senior team boss O'Neill was given a reminder of Keith Andrews' ability as he impressed for Brighton in their 1-0 win over Reading.

The Royals had senior caps Alex Pearce and Stephen Kelly in their side but Irish youngsters are pressing their claims at the club: in recent weeks, Irish teenagers Pierce Sweeney and Niall Keown – a son of former England man Martin Keown who has declared for Ireland – have been on the bench and on Saturday another prospect, Seán Long, also made the squad.


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