BILLY Kee is hungry for more goals, but attributes his rich scoring to keeping another type of appetite in check.
The 22-year-old striker scored both goals in the Brewers’ 2-1 victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday to take his tally for the season to four in four starts.
He now admits that he was carrying too much weight last campaign, and credits manager Gary Rowett with getting him fit.
“When Pesch (former manager Paul Peschisolido) got sacked and the gaffer came in, he brought a different way to play,” said Kee.
“I didn’t really buy into it at the start because I was overweight and I didn’t run as much.
“But I’ve gone away and thought about my game and really bought into it.
“I wasn’t fit enough, and the gaffer pulled me in and he said ‘look Bill, if you don’t lose weight, you’re not going to play’.
“That was a reality check and I’ve managed to get my weight down in the summer.
“I’m fitter than I was last season and I just want to play every game I can and I’m trying my best to repay him (Rowett).”
Burton took the lead in the 26th minute. Chris Hussey’s pass from the left found Lee Bell, who played in Kee.
The striker chested the ball down before hitting a sweet shot on the turn that flew past Ingram into the far corner.
And the Northern Ireland under-19 international was quick to praise his teammates for their part in his goals.
“Belly’s played a lovely ball over and I’ve just taken it well,” said Kee.
“When one of those falls right, it’s nice.
“It’s gone in the bottom corner and I was happy to see it go in.
“I thought the team was excellent today (Saturday) in the way we committed ourselves into the game.
“We learned from our mistake last week and were a lot better after half-time.
“It’s not just me, it’s the lads who create the goals for me, like Belly’s ball in.
“If you’re getting people creating chances for you, you’re going to score goals.”
In his post-match comments, Rowett said he would not swap Kee for any striker in League Two or even League One, to which the striker replied: “He doesn’t say that to me!
“The gaffer’s great, and he pushes everyone on.
“The mentality he’s got into us is great, and we’ve got to push on and get behind ourselves.
“I’ve got to keep plugging away, and the gaffer will be pushing me as well, like he was last season.”
As well as toning himself up, Kee admits he has had to slightly tone down his exuberant personality.
“I’m a character in the dressing room, and I like to be a loud person,” he said.
“But you can’t be a loud person and be disrespectful.
“You’ve got to be respectful and listen to everything the gaffer says.”
After scoring Burton’s second from the penalty spot, Kee had a great chance to complete his hat-trick but was denied by a good diving save from young Blues keeper Matt Ingrams.
“It would have been nice to get a hat-trick but he pulled off a good save and another day it might go in the bottom corner,” said the Loughborough-born striker.
“But we’ve won 2-1 and at the end of the day it’s not about me.
“I don’t set targets because you beat yourself up when you don’t reach them.”
After playing alongside Rene Howe and Michael Symes already this season, Adam McGurk partnered Kee in a mobile-looking frontline.
“I enjoy all the lads I’ve played with up front, and for Symesy to get left out today is quite harsh after last week,” said Kee.
“It was the first time I’ve played with McGurk up front and we linked up well.
“When you’ve got lads you can swap and change, you can freshen things up.
“Next week you could drop me and put someone back up front.
“Last season we didn’t have that, we had two strikers, or sometimes just Calvin (Zola) on his own.
“We’ve gone away from home and put two up front, and we never did that last season because we were scared about conceding.”