World Cup: Chris Brunt determined to help Northern Ireland snap winless run
Chris Brunt admits Northern Ireland need to break their winless home run if they are to qualify for the World Cup.
Last Updated: 20/03/13 6:49pm
The team have not won at Windsor Park since crushing the Faroe Islands 4-0 in August 2011, and their overall winless streak currently stands at 12 matches.
Michael O'Neill has yet to taste victory in eight games as manager, but Brunt hopes they can revive their fortunes in the Group F qualifiers against Russia and Israel.
"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 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."
Fabio Capello's Russia have maximum points from their first four group matches, and Brunt added: "Friday night is going to be tough because they're one of the best sides in Europe, if not the world.
"But we know what it's like to play them and we've been out there. 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."