ADAM McGurk hopes that “quality will prevail” as he and Billy Kee look to forge a promotion-winning strike partnership for Burton Albion.
The duo started their 17th game of the season together in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, with Kee setting McGurk up for the winning goal.
Those 17 games have garnered just seven goals, but they looked a really threatening combination in midweek, with their understanding setting up several other chances.
McGurk reckons he and his fellow Northern Ireland Under-21 international have not always had the best of luck, and hopes they can continue to be a threat in the final, crucial, seven games of the season.
“I play well with Bill, and Bill plays well with me,” said the 25-year-old.
“Everyone knows Billy is a good player, and we understand each other.
“I’ve said a couple of times that I think we’ve just been unlucky in games where it hasn’t come off for us or we’ve not been clinical enough.
“But I think in the majority of games we look a threat, and if you ask the opposition, they’d probably say the same.
“But I think both of us have to prove that we want to be there.
“We have to work hard and get goals and I’m sure we’ll link up well together.”
McGurk had been out of the starting XI for five games before the clash with the Chairboys, and had not found the net since the start of February.
And the ex-Tranmere man accepted that a break may have done him good after finally netting his 10th of the season – he had reached eight by November.
“Now I’m looking to get to 15 and get a run going,” said the former Aston Villa youth.
“You’re not going to play well all the time, so perhaps the manager was right to keep me out of the side for a couple of games.
“I wanted to come back and prove a point, and I felt sharp for most of the game.
“It’s been a while – I went through a dry patch, and it was playing on my mind a bit. Hopefully I can stay in the side now and get a couple more goals.”
McGurk had to come off with four minutes to go after taking a nasty blow to his knee, but though he admitted he had “never felt pain like it”, was hopeful of shaking it off for Saturday’s crunch clash with York City.
“Hopefully I’ll be all right, as it’s more of an impact injury – I’ve not torn anything, but I couldn’t run it off,” he said.