KEVIN Summerfield praised Adam McGurk and Billy Kee’s freshly burgeoning strike partnership, but says the Burton Albion duo need to do more, writes DAVID BROOME.
Kee and McGurk combined to good effect against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night, including setting up and scoring the winning goal respectively.
But with seven crucial games to go in the bid to earn promotion to League One, assistant manager Summerfield said: “One game isn’t enough.
“It’s got to be done over a period of games to give us something – they can’t now drop off and relax a little bit.
“They’ve got to play even better on Saturday – that’s just a fact.
“I thought they were excellent together, as it was very difficult in the first half to work any space and create any openings.
“Once or twice they opened them up and did very well.
“They were both very bright, linked together and got us up the pitch.
“But they’ve got to get in more scoring positions and be more clinical.”
The 1-0 defeat of the Chairboys ended a three-game winless run for the Brewers, and Summerfield accepted the result was more important than the performance, which failed to entertain for large spells.
“I think it was a resolute performance, but a great, great win,” he said.
“It was vital that we won, with the toughness of the games we’ve got ahead of us – all teams around us in the play-offs.
“To get this result today has probably been our best result of the season.
Summerfield also praised the work of the two replacement wingers – debutant Callum McFadzean and home debutant David Gray – in what he admitted was a thankless task.
“It was a tough start for both Callum and Dave – that’s a graveyard shift up and down the wing,” he said.
“But they stuck to their task and to put the effort in they did was really good for the team.”
Centre-halves Ian Sharps and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff both picked up knocks on Tuesday, with the latter replaced in the 75th minute.
“Ian was cramping up a little bit, so it was better to get him off and ready for Saturday, which is going to be another tough game,” said Summerfield.
“Shane is a tough lad, and I’m not saying this because he’s Australian, but he is one tough cookie.
“The injury at Mansfield was a nasty one, but he’ll still put his head in.”