BILLY Kee says that his happiness at Burton Albion is a large factor in his solid goalscoring record.
The 22-year-old striker netted his second goal of the campaign and his 28th in a Brewers shirt in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United at the Pirelli Stadium.
He has only started three games this season, and missed the last eight with a thigh injury, but while admitting it has been frustrating watching his side’s form slump in his absence, Kee remains content at Burton.
“I feel good and I’m happy to be back,” he said.
“I hate watching from the sidelines, but it’s just one of those things you can’t do much about.
“It just dragged on and on and I hated it.
“I don’t think any player enjoys sitting on the sidelines, or watching Soccer Saturday when you’re not with the lads.
“To be fair to the gaffer, he’s put me straight back in, and he’s got a lot of balls to do that.
“I was surprised as I only started training on Monday, but I felt sharp.
“I’ve only had one week’s training, so hopefully next week I’ll be even fitter.”
Kee opened the scoring in the 37th minute as the Brewers got their just reward for dominating the opening 45 minutes.
He netted from close range after team-mate and close friend Alex MacDonald’s skewed shot fell to him at the far post.
On MacDonald’s wayward shot Kee said: “He never scores does he? So I knew there was only one area it was going to go, but I didn’t know too much about it really, it just hit me and went in.
“But that’s what goalscorers do.
“It’s just about enjoying your football when it comes to goals.
“If you don’t enjoy yourself, you’re not going to score.”
After a good first-half, Albion were made to pay for switching off after the break, and conceded twice in the first seven minutes following Deon Burton and Niall Canavan strikes.
However, they rallied again and grabbed the equaliser when Robbie Weir headed in Chris Hussey’s free-kick.
Kee said: “I thought the team was excellent, and we showed a bit of balls coming back into the game.
“It wasn’t our today but we’ll get through this patch and bounce back.
“We were really in control of the game in the first half but then we had those 10 minutes, and we can’t come out like that (after half-time).
“It was immature of us to let them do that. I’m sure next week we’ll come out of the blocks a lot quicker.
“I think basically our defending was excellent, we just conceded two sloppy goals, and two headers as well, which we don’t usually do.”
Albion probably deserved to get a winner in the final half an hour, but were frustrated by an Iron side who resorted to spoiling tactics and time-wasting in the closing stages,
“They were doing my head it at the end, because they were taking so much time to do everything and just slowing things down,” said Kee.
“But we do that away from home to annoy the other team, and we just couldn’t get back into the game.
“If they want to play that way they can, and the ref can’t give a yellow card to every player for time-wasting.
“We probably could have won it, but we should never have been 2-1 down considering how in control we were.”