08:00 Monday 16 December 2013

Billy Kee eyes south coast reunion in Burton Albion cup clash

Written byDAVID BROOME

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BILLY Kee was probably one of the only people connected to Burton Albion who was pleased with their FA Cup draw.

If the Brewers can get past Fleetwood Town in tomorrow night’s replay, their reward will be a trip to Championship side Bournemouth in the third round.

It is the perfect example of what a club like Burton do not want in a cup tie as they will be away from home – but not to a glamorous Premier League side, or to a club they would fancy beating, and they also face a 400-mile round trip to the south coast.

However, for Kee, who earned the Brewers their second bite of the cherry with a late equaliser at Highbury Stadium, it will be the chance to renew acquaintances with former Torquay United teammate Eunan O’Kane.

The pair also played together for Northern Ireland at youth level.

“My best mate plays for them, so I didn’t mind,” said Kee.

“I’d love to go down there and beat them of course.

“But we’ve got to get through to the next round first, that’s the most important thing.

“I think we’ll go into Tuesday, take the game to them and hopefully get a result out of it.”

Kee’s strike against York was his third in three games, two of which have come playing alongside Rene Howe, who scored one of his two Brewers goals when up front with Kee against Rochdale in August.

“I enjoy playing with all the forwards here, but it’s good with Rene, he gets hold of the ball well,” said Kee.

“With Rene, I think he will get chances and he will score goals.

“I know he missed that one today, but he’s been in and out lately, and I think once he gets a few more games, I’m sure he’ll get a lot of goals.”

Meanwhile, Kee says he is confident of getting the solitary goal he needs to become Albion’s leading Football League goalscorer.

Kee struck the equaliser in Saturday’s draw with York City to move level with former Brewer Shaun Harrad on 31 league goals, but in his current goal-scoring form, the striker is backing himself to edge ahead.

“I didn’t know about the record, but I’m sure I’ll overtake him,” said Kee.

“I know Shaun, and he’s a good lad, but I will overtake him.

“I just want to go into every game and score if I can, and if I get chances I will.”

The clash with the Minstermen at a wind-battered Pirelli on Saturday was low on entertainment and chances, aside from a flurry towards the end of each half. Albion edged possession but cannot have too many complaints at the final result.

“First half, we had a couple of good chances but we’ve got to be more quality than that in the final third sometimes,” said Kee.

“It is two points dropped at home because we’ve been in good form lately.

“We’re not going to take anything away from them, because they’ve come here and got a great result.

“With our form and where we are in the league, I think a lot of teams are going to be defensive like that and we’ve got to take the game to them.

“I thought it might have been more of a long ball game, but we should have got in the box more.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got a point, and it’s another one to add to the tally.

“I think we defended well, and as a unit we were good again.”

Kee’s chance in the starting XI came partly due to fellow striker Adam McGurk being knocked unconscious last weekend and not risked against York.

“Adam’s recovering. He’s been a bit dizzy this week, but I’m sure he’ll be back in Monday, working hard,” said the 23-year-old.

“He got a good knock on his head and he feels it wasn’t right to play today and the doctor did as well.

“I’m sure he’ll be back in the team on Tuesday and I’m sure he’ll play.”

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