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"I spoke to him after training yesterday evening and he said he preferred to be on the bench," Eriksson said. "He said 'Boss, if you need me, I am there.' I hoped we would not need him but we wanted to win the game so we did what we did.
"We did not put any pressure on him."
Reid scored in Rustenburg from a cross by Shane Smeltz, giving New Zealand its first point at a World Cup after losing all its games in its debut in 1982.
"It probably was the most important goal of my life," Reid said. "I didn't see the ball until late. I knew that if I got it on target and didn't hit it too hard, I could just guide it in."
Robert Vittek had given Slovakia the lead in the 50th minute, heading in a cross from Stanislav Sestak after Reid let him get free.
Outside the World Cup stadiums, a strike over pay by the security stewards spread to half the tournament's 10 venues, forcing police to step in and assume their duties.
Several hundred guards walked off the job at Soccer City, the main World Cup stadium in Johannesburg. There was no match there Tuesday.
Police said they also have taken over security at stadiums in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
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