11:45 Wednesday 25 December 2013

Adam McGurk says goals are the important thing, not whether he or Billy Kee scores them

Written byDAVID BROOME

ADAM McGurk insists there is no goal-scoring rivalry between him and Billy Kee, but that both want to add to their Burton Albion tally over the Christmas period.

The Brewers take on Northampton Town at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow with the strikers having scored eight goals each in all competitions after Kee took advantage of McGurk’s concussion-forced absence to move level with his team-mate.

McGurk is the club’s top scorer in League Two with seven, but said: “I don’t think there’s a rivalry.

“That’s what we’re here to do, to get goals, and Billy has scored a couple.

“I played him in on Saturday (against Hartlepool) and he should have got another one!

“But he’s done well, and I like playing with Billy, it’s pretty easy.

“Hopefully we can get scoring over Christmas.”

Kee’s chance to catch up with McGurk came after the latter was knocked unconscious against Fleetwood Town in the Brewers’ FA Cup second round draw at Highbury Stadium two weeks ago.

The Northern Ireland striker was out cold for a minute, before being stretchered off and taken to hospital, and his absence since then was due to strict rules surrounding injuries of that kind.

“I’m feeling a bit headachey, but it’s nice to get back in the thick of things,” said McGurk.

“Obviously I missed two or three games so it was good just to get back.

“I had a bit of concussion for nine or 10 days and we were told you couldn’t really play if you had any symptoms.

“At the start of last week it was easing off as I got back to normal, and I trained a couple of days.

“Hopefully that’s the end of it.

“It has been tough, because you want to play every game, but you have to listen to medical advice.

“It was frustrating, but we had some good results, like winning against Fleetwood to get through to the next round (of the FA Cup).

“We just need to keep that going over the Christmas games.”

The festive period began with a 1-1 draw away to Hartlepool, where Albion missed a hatful of chances before and after Phil Edwards’ well-taken opener.

And they were made to pay for that profligacy when the Pools struck a second-half equaliser.

“Probably overall it was fair, but we should have been well clear,” said McGurk.

“If we’d have taken our chances in the first half it could have been 3-0.

“If you don’t take your chances, they always get the chance to get back in it, and they did that in the second half.

“We should have been out of sight.

“The manager says we’d take a point and we have to move on now and win the next home games.”

There were chances galore for both teams at Victoria Park, and McGurk said it was the sort of game strikers enjoy.

“It was enjoyable to play in, as it was pretty open,” he said.

“Not scoring wasn’t enjoyable, but they wanted to score and we looked dangerous as well.”

Today’s opponents are rock-bottom of League Two, but McGurk sounded a warning that the Cobblers would not be easy pickings at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon.

“In this league it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, they’re all going to be hard games,” he said.

“Everyone is going to fight.

“We have to get our home form going again, and hopefully get a win there and move on.

“Hopefully we will be around the top four and the promotion places after Christmas.”

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