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Gary Rowett backs Billy Kee and Adam McGurk to do the business for Burton Albion

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GARY Rowett has got full confidence in Burton Albion strike duo Billy Kee and Adam McGurk – and will not panic in the drive to reinforce his forward line.

The Brewers drew 0-0 at struggling Bury on Saturday after several good chances went begging to win the League Two clash.

Rowett has backed Kee and McGurk to do the business – both have seven goals this season – but also says a signing would be beneficial to Albion in the January transfer window.

“While I’ve got every confidence that Adam and Billy will start scoring goals again soon, and with the likes of Knowlesy (Dominic Knowles) and Symesy (Michael Symes) to come in, what I would say is I don’t want to leave it down to that,” said the Brewers boss.

“If we can recruit the right player, we will.

“But that’s the key – it’s got to be the right person and we won’t rush into it, a) because we’ll spend more than I need to spend and b) we’ve got to look at the long-term picture of it being the right signing over the next year or two.”

Albion are currently third in the League Two table and are right on track to match last season’s highly impressive fourth-placed finish and play-off campaign – or better it.

The manager knows it is a fine balancing act between adding to the squad to charge for promotion and considering the longer term interests at the Pirelli Stadium.

“We want to capitalise on the position we’re in,” said Rowett. “But at the same time we’ve got to think long-term.

“We’ve got our targets but it’s a challenge to bring those targets in.

“Everyone wants a goalscoring striker, it’s a case of getting the right deal.”

Kee and McGurk have both scored their goals in little gluts and Rowett would like to get them some extra assistance.

“If they score one then they get four or five in a row,” he said. “I’m not overly worried about it but we’re actively seeking a little bit of help.”

The Albion boss also admits it is the first time his side has played without a target man up front and says Symes, currently recovering from a knee injury, could yet play a significant role in where the Brewers finish.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a spell without a target man or an option of a target man,” said Rowett. “That’s something we would like to try to bring in, someone in Calvin Zola’s mould to give us that option.”

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