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We'll go and do it for Corry, says Brunt

By Paul Ferguson

Chris Brunt says Northern Ireland must win in Switzerland tomorrow to right the wrong delivered by Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan in the first leg at Windsor Park on Thursday night.

Brunt is adamant Northern Ireland are still in this World Cup play-off even though the Swiss secured an away goal following Hategan's decision to award a penalty against Corry Evans for handball, even though the shot from Xherdan Shaqiri struck the back of the Blackburn ace.

Evans was booked for his 'infringement' and is ruled out of tomorrow's second leg in Basel with Millwall's George Saville likely to come in as his replacement.

Brunt, who is desperate to reach the World Cup finals as he missed out on Euro 2016 through injury, said: "We are going to have to go over there and score. We have a mountain to climb but we're capable of winning.

"It is not something we are incapable of doing - hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and make sure we leave everything out on the pitch.

"Corry is an important player and we're gutted for him. He was sat in the dressing room and I think he was just frustrated. There have been a lot of lads on yellow cards and it is unfortunate he got one. It is up to us to go over there and get a result for him."

Brunt was disappointed Northern Ireland could not produce the performance which would have merited a positive result.

The versatile West Brom player said: "We could have played a lot better. We didn't make the most of our opportunities which was disappointing, especially from set-pieces.

"I think we were a lot better in the second half than we were in the first. I didn't think we did very well with the ball in the first half."

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