BILLY Kee was pleased to silence those who had once cheered his name after scoring twice against former club Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
The Burton Albion striker ended a five-game winless run for his club and tripled his own tally for 2014 as he netted both goals in a 2-1 victory at the Pirelli Stadium – the first win home fans have witnessed there since January 11.
Kee spent a season at the Crown Ground on loan from Leicester City in the 2009/10 season, but though he scored nine goals during that period, revealed he had not enjoyed the best of receptions from the 60-odd fans behind the goal in which he scored the winner.
“They were giving me a load of stick beforehand,” said Kee.
“I won’t say what they were saying but they were giving me gyp.
“Any goal is good, but it’s always good to score against one of your ex-clubs.”
After two draws and a defeat in their last three home games, and picking up just two points from three admittedly taxing away trips in the space of a week, Kee admitted that Saturday’s was a timely victory.
“We needed that after last week,” he said.
“We battled well and showed what it’s all about.
“We’ll feel that in the morning when we wake up.
“It was a great team performance and a great win.
“From the goalie and right through, they’ve really put a shift in.”
His first goal came from good team play towards the end of a first period which Albion had dominated, while his second was from the penalty spot after the referee finally acted upon a series of infringements by the visitors.
“You always feel pressure, but that’s what strikers are about,” said Kee, who had no hesitation in taking the ball for spot kick-taking duties.
“Any striker on the pitch would have fancied the penno for the winner.”
The match officials, led by referee Andy Haines, came under fire from both managers for a host of both borderline and baffling decisions.
Those included a disallowed goal for Albion which several fans claim had crossed the line, a corner which both sides thought was a goal-kick, and a late offside decision against Stanley that probably should not have been.
However, Kee was quick to praise Haines and his team, saying: “I thought he did alright in the end, because he let things go.
“I know their centre-halves were all over me at times, but I was giving as good as I got.
“It’s better when they let it go initially, because if they’re going to blow up for everything, it’ll be stop-start every second.
“First half was a lot easier than the second half as it went our way a bit more.”
Kee was also full of praise for the Albion defence, whilst joking that the more senior member of the back four – 33-year-old Ian Sharps – might appreciate a week’s break before this Saturday’s trip to Oxford United.
He said: “I haven’t played a lot recently, but for some of the older lads like Sharpsy, it’s great for him as he needs a break!
“He’s always a man-mountain for us, and probably the bane of other teams half the time.
“Him and Shane (Cansdell-Sherriff) have been great for us, and they win everything.
“That’s what’s got us the wins this year and that’s why we’re up there – because of the back four.”