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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett would love a glut of goals from striker Billy Kee

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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GARY Rowett hopes that hitman Billy Kee can embark on one of his scoring gluts for Burton Albion at a key point of the League Two run-in.

The 23-year-old striker hit a brace to sink former club Accrington at the weekend.

He tends to score goals in little patches and Brewers fans will remember the 12 goals he hit in 14 games in his first season at the Pirelli Stadium.

Now, Albion boss Rowett is hoping Kee can build on the brace and add to his 12 goals in 31 appearances this season.

With a dozen games left, a handful of goals from the front-runner could prove crucial.

“If we can get him in and scoring you’ve got half a chance of winning games,” said the Brewers chief.

“That was part of my thinking (in putting him in against Accrington).

“When he gets in a position where he feels confident and good about himself he tends to score in five or six on the spin.”

Rowett does not want to put too much emphasis on Kee being his match-winner, with plenty of other players in the Albion side capable of winning games.

There has been a shortage of goals in 2013/14, with the Brewers netting 38 in 32 League Two matches.

That, though, is not entirely down to the forward players, with Rowett also encouraging players in other positions to chip in.

“I’m not trying to put any pressure on Billy,” he said. “This season we’ve not scored enough goals, something which is not just down to the strikers.

“We have to learn to supply them.

“We’ve got four very, very good strikers - five if you count Michael Symes, who’s not been fit for a while.

“Our crossing and service from wide could be better.

“Creativity from central midfield could be better, too.”

Still, the manager is hopeful that Kee could be the spark in the final 12 games and crack 20 in a season for the first time in his senior career.

“Billy we know is capable of scoring goals,” he said. “I had hoped this would be the season where he could break 20.

“Who knows, it could still happen.”

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