Brunt eager for Northern Ireland victory
Published 20/03/2013 | 17:46
Chris Brunt is desperate for Northern Ireland to deliver a long overdue victory at Windsor Park.
The team's winless run currently stands at a concerning 12 matches, half of which have been on home turf. Manager Michael O'Neill has yet to experience victory in eight matches at the helm but has two more chances coming up with Russia's visit on Friday, followed by that of Israel four days later.
"We need to get that win," said West Brom midfielder Brunt. "We have been improving under Michael and we have been difficult to beat but now it's about getting that first win to kickstart things."
He added: "Results (at Windsor Park) have been frustrating, of course, because we could be sitting with four extra points.
"We got a point we probably didn't expect to have when we drew in Portugal, so it's swings and roundabouts, but we'd rather be sitting here with two wins from the home games. Looking back on it, that's definitely what we should have.
"On the back of the Portugal result we'd have liked to build on that but the two home games have let us down a bit really.
"We're not conceding many goals but you have to go the other way as well and try to win games and unfortunately we haven't been able to do that. Friday night would be a good time to start."
Russia are hardly the ideal opposition for a side looking to reverse a morale-sapping sequence of results.
Fabio Capello's team have maximum points from their first four matches in World Cup qualifying and have yet to concede.
But Brunt said: "The results we've had have tended to come against the bigger teams, where we're the underdogs and the pressure's not really on us."