Brunt says fans can be 12th man

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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday star Chris Brunt has called for Northern Ireland to bring the good times back to Windsor Park.

The national side have not won in their last five matches at home, with former manager Nigel Worthington losing his last two games in Belfast and successor Michael O’Neill presiding over two draws and a defeat to date.

A 1-1 draw in Portugal last month lifted the mood around the side, who now have an inviting chance to follow up with a home victory over Azerbaijan tomorrow night.

Brunt accepts bringing an improved atmosphere to Windsor Park is essential.

“The nights when we have had good results at Windsor the fans have been our 12th man, as they say,” he said. “The last few home games maybe haven’t been like that, maybe because we haven’t provided the results. It’s about trying to win the game. You don’t have to play well every time to win the game, but keeping the fans on board is a big part of it as well.”