Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Brunt gives a warning to his team mates over complacency

Chris Brunt is determined that complacency won't be allowed to threaten Northern Ireland's European Championship dream.

The fight for a place in next summer's finals in Austria and Switzerland will recommence at Windsor Park tonight when Liechtenstein come to town.

Northern Ireland have hit four goals in each of their previous competitive meetings with the small alpine nation and that gives much cause for optimism, with second place in the Group F table the target.

Brunt - who moved from Sheffield Wednesday to West Bromwich Albion for £3million last week - is cautious that any loss of focus could put the skids under the quest for qualification and looks back less than a year for evidence of what can happen if the approach isn't right, on and off the pitch.

" We can't afford to slip up again like we did against Iceland," said Brunt, recalling the 3-0 defeat in the opening qualifier.

"We got a good result in our last match against Sweden and we have to try to pick up where we left off. It won't be easy though. Liechtenstein gave us a tough game over there and it was 0-0 for a long time.

"Since then they have beaten Latvia and drew away to Iceland, so they will have a bit of confidence. They will come here and try to keep it tight, restrict us and play for a point.

"The players know that we can't just turn up and expect to win and the supporters need to get that message too and keep getting behind us for the whole 90 minutes as they always do."

n CONGRATULATIONS to Ruth McClelland (Portadown), Joanne Grattan (Lisburn), Andrew McCrory (Belfast) and Basil Gibson (Bangor) who each won a pair of tickets to see Northern Ireland v Liechtenstein in our competition in association with McDonalds. They were drawn out of the hat after identifying that David Healy scored a hat-trick against Liechtenstein earlier this year.

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