Elliott expects axe
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliott is readying himself for the axe.Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliott is readying himself for the axe ahead of Wednesday's crunch World Cup qualifier with Switzerland.
Elliott kept Ireland's World Cup dreams alive with the only goal of the game against Cyprus, but the return from suspension of Clinton Morrison means he is far from certain to start at Lansdowne Road.
Irish chief Brian Kerr has to mull over whether to drop his weekend goalscorer and he may well opt for the experience of Morrison.
"I don't know if I have done enough to start. That's up to Brian," said Sunderland forward Elliott. "I would like to think that in making a contribution I can force my way into the team.
"Brian knows now I am capable of performing on this kind of stage, so hopefully I will get another chance soon.
"But I realise Clinton has done really well throughout the campaign, and if he does come back in and play then so be it. I will just get on with it."
Damien Duff will miss the must-win encounter through injury, but Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid returns to the fold following a ban and is almost certain to start.
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