Billy Kee sure Burton Albion can push on after breaking drought with double
BILLY KEE says Burton Albion will not let up as they prepare to take their promotion quest to another of their close challengers on Saturday.
After beating Rotherham United 2-0 on Saturday, the Brewers are away to Fleetwood Town on Saturday and seeking to avenge a 1-0 defeat to the League Two newcomers earlier in the season.
Fighting off an ankle injury, Kee was the goalscoring hero against Rotherham – his first goals of 2013 making him the third Burton player to reach double figures for the season, after Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma.
The win put Burton back into third place, extending their unbeaten run to four games.
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"I know we've played a couple more games than other people but if we keep having good results, we're going to stay up there," said Kee.
"The gaffer isn't going to let us come off it – we're going to push on.
"The training stepped up last week. We had a very hard week of running and we've just got to keep going.
"Fleetwood is going to be another tough one but we can take it on.
"I think we can take it to them. I thought when they beat us, it was a bit lucky, because we had our chances. I think we can go up there and get a result."
Kee was grateful to be playing at all against Rotherham. Not only has he been in and out of the side of late, he had suffered an ankle injury earlier in the week and had it strapped up for the game.
"Two days before, I couldn't walk on it," he said.
"If I'm honest, I thought it was broken but I got my X-rays back and it seemed clear. It ballooned out but it's settled down.
"I trained on Friday and the gaffer just said 'take it easy in training' and he put me in the team.
"It was great of the gaffer to do that because, sometimes, they don't. They'll leave you out for the weekend but it's worked and it's been good.
"In the match, it didn't give me any jip and the two chances I had, I took them."
The two goals were very much typical of Kee, as , with his back to goal on each occasion, he turned away from the close attention of Rotherham's Icelandic international defender Kari Arnason before burying right-footed shots into the corner of the net.
Arnason was all over him for the first goal but Kee explained why that did not matter to him. Asked if it was off-putting, he said: "No, because then you know where the defender is.
"It's worse when you don't know where he is because he can get a block in but when you know where he is, you've got him, you can get the shot away."
Kee's touch had not been at its best before the first goal, a point he acknowledged.
"Before the first goal, I wasn't really getting the rub of the green and my touches weren't the best but a goal settles your mood down," he said. "Sometimes you put them over and I've done that a lot this season.
"The second goal went in slow motion for me – I didn't know if it was going in or not. It just bobbled into the bottom corner. It's nice to have a bit of luck.
"I'd not scored for month, so it was nice to get a couple.
"You always grow in confidence when you score."
Kee also enjoyed renewing his partnership with on-loan striker Michael Symes, whose flick-on led to the opening goal against Rotherham.
The pair both scored against Burton for Accrington Stanley in 2009.
"Michael Symes helped me out a lot – he played well," added Kee.
"I played with him at Accrington and I thought we played well together, so it was nice to play with him again.
"He's a link player, as well, so I can play as the last man. His touch is awesome and that's the way he is."