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Northern Ireland desperately need home win says West Brom's Brunt

Chris Brunt is targeting a home win for Northern Ireland in order to restore a glimmer of hope for their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The West Bromwich Albion midfielder and his Northern Irish teammates are preparing for Friday's with Russia in Belfast having not saluted at Windsor Park since August 2011.

Brunt is aware a positive result is required for Michael O'Neill's men before backing that up with another home win over Israel on Tuesday so they can end a winless streak of 12 international matches.

"We need to get that win," said 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.

"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, that's definitely what we should have.

"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."

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Andrew Slevison
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