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Frustrated Brunt says Windsor win a must

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.

Indeed, they last triumphed in Belfast in August 2011 when then boss, Nigel Worthington, led his side to a 4-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands.

His successor, Michael O'Neill (below), has yet to experience victory in eight matches at the helm, but has two more chances coming up with Russia's visit tomorrow, followed by that of Israel four days later.

And Brunt, who admits his frustration at home draws to Group F minnows Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, knows how important it would be to kick off that double header in a positive fashion.

"We need to get that win," said the West Brom midfielder.

"We have been improving under Michael and we have been difficult to beat, but now it's about getting that first win to kick-start things.

"Results (at Windsor Park) have been frustrating, of course, because we could be sitting with four extra points.

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"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 like to have built 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 in recent times, Northern Ireland have been more at ease with such David and Goliath confrontations.


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