BILLY Kee is delighted to have ended his barren spell in 2013 after a match-winning brace against Rotherham United took him into double figures for the season.
The 22-year-old Burton Albion striker scored either side of half-time at the Pirelli Stadium to see off the nine-man Millers in a thrilling match packed with controversy and talking points.
“I’m delighted to get a goal and reach double figures,” said the striker, who shook off an ankle injury to play on Saturday. “I haven’t scored since Rochdale when I got two that day (Boxing Day).
“I’ve been in and out of the team, so you’ve got to take each game how it is.
“Today, I’ve scored two – it’s nice to do that – but you can’t just think about the goals, you’ve got to keep going.
“I’ve not scored for the last month so it’s nice to get a couple today and hopefully I can kick on.”
Kee was a major doubt for the game and was only passed fit on Friday afternoon after injuring his ankle in training on Tuesday
“The ankle’s all right,” said the explosive front-runner. “It’s a bit sore now, but I’ll ice it up over the weekend and will hopefully be back in training on Monday.
“I did on Tuesday in the one v ones, right at the end the session – a hard session before the running.
“I couldn’t move it after, but Rollo (James Rowlands) the physio has done a great job.
“It’s been iced up all week and I haven’t done anything on it.
“It ballooned out, but it’s settled down now. It didn’t give me any gip today and I was able to play on it.
“I trained Friday and the gaffer told me to take it easy and he put me in the team.
“It was great of the gaffer to do that for because sometimes they don’t and leave you out for the weekend.
“It worked and it was good today.”
Kee was over the moon to get in after starting on the bench in the last two matches, away at Oxford United and AFC Wimbledon.
“It was great to get out there – but it was a good team performance all-round,” he said.
“I thought it was great today how we went above it.
“We’re going to push on from there. The gaffer isn’t going to let us step off it.
“The training stepped up again this week. It was a very hard week with the running and everything.
“We’ll take it away and keep pushing on.”
Kee is glad to have been reunited with former Accrington strike partner Michael Symes, who missed a late penalty on Saturday.
He reckons the big target-man helped get him into the game – and also paid tribute to the roles played by Marcus Holness, Nathan Stanton and Aaron Webster.
“I wasn’t really getting the rub of the green and my touches weren’t the best,” said Kee.
“Sometimes you get the goals and it settles your mood down.
“You always grow in confidence when you score – I like to score in the first half and I did today.
“I thought Symesy helped me out a lot today. I played with him at Accrington. I thought he played well and it was nice to play with him again.
“You can see what he’s like. He’s a link player and it allows me to play the other side of my game off the last man, instead of dropping off into the hole.
“His touch is awesome and that’s the way he is but saying that, Webby’s (Aaron Webster) come in today with a calf injury and he was awesome, Stanno (Nathan Stanton) and Marcus (Holness) also came in and the lads were all great today.
“We’re a great squad here. There are no cliques, we’re all together as a team and that’s why I’ve loved it since I’ve been here.”
Kee had a decent view of both sendings off for Rotherham and reckons that the first, for David Noble, was harsh, but the second, for Michael O’Connor, was deserved.
“They did have two sent off, the first one was a bit harsh, but I thought either way we would’ve taken the game to them anyway,” he said.
“The lad’s stamped on him – he caught Mags (Jacques Maghoma) in a horrible way.
“Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.”
Meanwhile, Kee has been getting a ribbing for his likeness to new signing Alex MacDonald.
“The lads have got the brother in already!” he said. “We do look a bit like each other, but he’s a little bit smaller than me.
“He’s a really good player, he’s fitted in nicely and I thought he was excellent today.”