Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Chris Brunt needs to deliver for Northern Ireland

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Chris Brunt of West Brom celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on January 29, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Great to see Chris Brunt smash home a belter for West Brom last night against Aston Villa.

I love to see Northern Ireland lads do well at club level in the hope they'll bring that form with him to the national side.

The first game of the year for Michael O'Neill and his team comes in March in Cyprus.

I normally can't abide international friendlies and think most of them are a waste of time, but this one is actually quite important as it offers an opportunity for the Northern Ireland players to shake off the embarrassment of defeats to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in the World Cup campaign.

We must get into a habit of winning matches. Defeating Cyprus would be a start.

Brunt  bringing his shooting boots to Nicosia would help.

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