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Republic of Ireland's Conor Sammon  during squad training ahead of the match against Austria. Picture: David Maher/ Sportsfile.

Republic of Ireland's Conor Sammon during squad training ahead of the match against Austria. Picture: David Maher/ Sportsfile.

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Republic of Ireland's Conor Sammon during squad training ahead of the match against Austria. Picture: David Maher/ Sportsfile.

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has taken a huge leap of faith and chosen Conor Sammon to save his job against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

But the Ireland boss remains troubled by a Marc Wilson fitness scare and Stephen Kelly is on standby to step into the left-full slot for the World Cup qualifier.

Trapattoni justified his decision to pick Sammon because of the physical strength he expects to face from Austria and the Derby striker's pace.

"Long is fast as well and we need two fast players. We don't know how Austria will play - will they come and press us or will they stay and wait for us? Will they wait for us and hit us on the counter-attack, or will they come and put pressure on us?" said Trapattoni.

"That's why we need these two fast players. We will play against a team that is fast. They have geometry and play quickly.

"I think his (Sammon) quality can give us support and physicality. He is quick, strong and can head the ball. And also, he showed us a good quality in the game against Poland."

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