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Kee putting cup clash to back of mind - for now

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

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BILLY Kee is putting tomorrow’s FA Cup clash with Leicester City to the back of his mind.

The 22-year-old Burton Albion striker is going back to the home of his boyhood heroes for the second time this season.

He could be forgiven for dreaming of glory for a second time at the King Power Stadium following the Brewers’ shock 4-2 win in the Capital One Cup.

But Kee, a former Foxes youth player, will only focus on the Championship outfit 10 minutes before kick-off.

“I don’t really think about games too much,” said the combative frontrunner. “When I think about them I get too hyped up.

“I like to approach games on the day — 10 minutes before kick-off I’ll think about it, that’s the way I am.

“It’s a big game for us and I think there’ll be 20,000 there.

“Hopefully we can go in there and put on a display, show some pride and win the game.”

Kee was an 86th minute substitute against Leicester in August, but was still recovering from two groin operations at the time.

He is now fully fit and should start against the Foxes as Burton look to pull off another shock.

The striker was released by Leicester three years ago but says he is holding no grudges.

“I started there and had a great time, but then Nigel Pearson released me,” he said.

“Hopefully I can repay that!

“Seriously, I just want to go there and put on a good team performance.

“I don’t think you can go there and try to prove yourself too much.

“That’s not fair on the lads — you’ve just got to go there as part of a team.

“I got released at 19, which is part of football. It didn’t hurt me getting released.

“I’ve just got over it!

“I think I am (a Leicester supporter) again now, but I wasn’t for a few years!”

Despite Burton’s cup exploits in beating Leicester and Sheffield United, Kee is more focused on the league.

He wants to nail down at least a play-off place and puts a shot at promotion to League One in front of cup glory.

“The league games are more important for me,” he said.

“The cups are a luxury and if you win cup games, fair enough, but you’ve got to win your league games.

“This year I want us to be in the promotion frame.

“I had a play-off final at Old Trafford the other year (with Torquay United), so Wembley would be nice if we got there, or even go up automatically.

“I think if we push on in the second half of the year we’re not far off it.”

Kee was part of the Brewers side beaten 3-0 at York City on New Year’s Day and was disappointed with another away defeat after excellent back-to-back home wins.

“We had two great wins at home and wanted to start the new year on a high, but it just wasn’t our day,” he said.

“We started a bit slower than normal and that’s one of those things, but we’ve got to lift our heads up and take it into Saturday, but, importantly, the next league game, which we’ve got to win.

“We were all in the dressing room asking ourselves what happened.

“It was one of those days — we don’t know what happened.

“We come out and approach every game the same.

“After conceding the penno, it was a mountain to climb away from home.

“We missed Zander Diamond — he’s our captain and leads us from the back.

“But then again I thought Marcus Holness and Aaron Webster didn’t have bad games.

“Aaron hasn’t played for us much this season, but he’s such a great player.

“I don’t think it was a 3-0 game — and I should’ve done better with a header and one at the back post.

“It flattered them a little bit but they took their chances.”

Kee now knows what Albion need to do.

“We’ve got win all our home games,” he said.

“I can’t put my finger on it in the away games — I just get on and try to score goals.”

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