Belfast Telegraph

Euro 2016: Chris Brunt issues a yellow warning

By Stuart McKinley

Chris Brunt has warned his Northern Ireland team-mates of a yellow peril that could put a dent into their Euro 2016 qualification dream.

The 30-year-old's major concern at the halfway stage of the campaign is that suspensions could weaken the team when crunch matches come up in the autumn.

Manager Michael O'Neill has a full-strength squad for tomorrow night's clash with Romania at Windsor Park, but a third yellow card of the campaign would put Kyle Lafferty out of September's trip to the Faroe Islands while Conor McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson, Chris Baird, Oliver Norwood and Burnt himself are on one booking.

"I think it's a lot easier to get booked in an international game than it is a club game. I have seen that myself," said Brunt, who was sent off against Portugal in September, 2013.

"It's easy to get frustrated and things maybe you wouldn't get punished for in a Premier League game you'd get punished for in international games.

"That's a big part of it for Kyle because he does a lot of work up there on his own and it can be frustrating at times, but he has done very well for us and if he bangs seven goals in between now and the end of the campaign we'll definitely be booking our tickets.

"Everyone has to watch out. Suspensions aren't something that we seek to get.

"We've been pretty disciplined so far and results have been going our way so that limits the amount of frustration in games.

"It's important that we keep our discipline because as Michael says that played a part in the last campaign as well."

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