Torquay United well aware of threat posed by their former strikers
If Torquay United have any doubt about the quality of Burton Albion’s attacking quality, then they only have to recall the successful spells of two of their former employees ahead of their game at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday.
Billy Kee was signed by Paul Buckle during his time in charge at Plainmoor in June 2010 following his release from Leicester City. Two years later, he was returning to the Midlands citing homesickness and signing for Burton in a £20,000 deal after scoring ten times in 50 appearances for the club.
Since joining Burton, his career has flourished and Key is one of the most feared goalscorers in League Two. Thirty goals in 76 appearances enhances that reputation and Torquay will certainly have to be on their guard on Tuesday.
Partnering Kee could be Rene Howe, who spent two hugely successful years on the English Riviera. His career appeared to be going nowhere before he was signed by Martin Ling and he went on to score 30 goals in 89 appearances before joining the Brewers this summer.
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The goals have dried up with only one in ten since his summer move, but again, Torquay will know better than most what the 26-year-old is capable of. If he starts Tuesday’s game, that is.
“Burton are obviously a good side and any time you put a team on the pitch with (Michael) Symes and Howe on the bench, you know that’s a very strong squad,” said United boss Alan Knill in reference to the players being on the bench at Chesterfield on Saturday.
“They have been in the play-offs and pushed for promotion, so it’s a tough place to go and a tough place to play, but if we go into it with the same attitude we had at Wycombe and at home on Saturday, we have every chance of doing well.
“We have to go there and be competitive and if you don’t do that, you usually get beaten. We have to show everybody that we are going to Burton for a game and it then comes down to who wants to win most.”
The Gulls certainly need a win right now and halt a slide down the table that sees them currently lie in 21st place following Saturday’s goalless home draw with Mansfield Town.
At the same time, Burton were busting football coupons up and down the country with an eye-catching 2-0 win at league leaders Chesterfield.
Torquay United (from): Rice, C Thompson; Tonge, O‘Connor, Nicholson, Cruise, Azeez, Mansell, Lathrope, Craig, McCourt, Chapell, Hawley, Benyon, Bodin, Cameron, McKenzie, Hutchings.
Unavailable: Harding, Downes, Poke (all injured), Pearce (suspended), N Thompson, Yeoman (both out on loan).