BILLY Kee is hoping to erase some painful memories when he steps out at Wembley on Monday.
Burton Albion’s leading scorer has appeared in a play-off final before, when former club Torquay United took on Stevenage at Old Trafford in 2011 – and a certain Mark Roberts was at the heart of the opposition defence.
Roberts now skippers Fleetwood Town, Monday’s opponents, and Kee is desperate to get a measure of revenge.
He said: “Roberts is the one who went up to Wembley for Stevenage when I played against them that year.
“I know what all centre-halves in this league are about and I lick my lips at any match-up.
“But if he beats he again, I won’t be happy.
“I said that to my dad that he was the one who beat me last time, although I played right wing then, so hopefully this time it’s our day.”
Whatever happens at Wembley, Kee says he will still remember it – and the defeat for Torquay – when he is in his sixties, and just hopes it is a fond memory this time.
“Every final will stay with you for the rest of your life and I’m sure in 40 years’ time I’ll be down the pub and saying ‘remember that one we lost’ or ‘remember when we got promoted’.
“That’s what football’s about, you play week in, week out for these big games, and if you can’t get yourself mentally right and enjoy yourself in these games, you shouldn’t be playing football.
“It’s a massive game for us and we’re all really looking forward to Monday.
“We’re not scared of them and I don’t think they’ll be scared of us.
“It’s a final and anyone can win finals.
“We’ll go there full of confidence after the semi-finals and I think we’ll get something.
“League One is in sight now.”
Kee came off the bench for Burton in both legs of last season’s ultimately unsuccessful play-off campaign against Bradford City, and says that defeat has spurred the team on.
“I think if you watch both games against Southend you can see the lads who missed out last year, how much they put into it this year.
“We know what we’ve got to do and we need to learn from last year and take it one step further.”
Though he admits he would be “buzzing” if he scored, Kee insists it is all about the team, and respected Gary Rowett’s decision not to start him in the second leg of the semi-final against Southend United.
“That was nothing about fitness, the gaffer chose not to start me,” he said.
“The fitness is fine, it was just what the gaffer wanted to do on the day, and it worked for us.
“You’ve got to respect the gaffer, and we’ll see what he wants to do in the final.
“As I said to him when he pulled me in the office, as long as we win I don’t care.
“If I come up with a goal I’ll be buzzing.
“But as long as we get a result, the goalie can score for all I care.”