Su­per sub Billy holds Kee for Brew­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Nick Brad­shaw

BUR­TON striker Billy Kee stepped off the bench to net his tenth goal of the sea­son and res­cue a point against ten-man Da­gen­ham.

The Brew­ers fell be­hind on the stroke of half-time as on-loan Read­ing mid­fielder Law­son D’Ath opened the scor­ing with a stun­ning 25-yard strike.

But af­ter Dag­gers left­back Jack Con­nors had been sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card, Kee grabbed the equaliser to keep the Brew­ers in the hunt for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed we couldn’t go on and get a sec­ond but it could prove to be a good point for us,” said Bur­ton as­sis­tant man­ager Kevin Sum­mer­field.

“We talked be­fore the game about how im­por­tant it is to get the first goal. That’s some­thing we haven’t been do­ing this sea­son but we are still grind­ing out re­sults.

“We have watched Da­gen­ham quite a bit re­cently and they are a re­ally re­silient team. They are a lot tougher than they were last sea­son and they have a lot of char­ac­ter about them.”

D'Ath’s strike with just sec­onds of the first half re­main­ing was a rare mo­ment of qual­ity in a scrappy first 45 min­utes. Da­gen­ham were con­tent to let Bur­ton have the lion’s share of the pos­ses­sion but vis­it­ing keeper Chris Lew­ing­ton had lit­tle to do.

Matty Palmer squan­dered the Brew­ers best chance when he ri­fled into the side netting while Adam McGurk saw an ef­fort cleared off the line by Con­nors.

D'Ath’s rocket was enough to en­cour­age a lit­tle more ur­gency from Bur­ton in the sec­ond half though and mo­men­tum swung their way on 54 min­utes when Con­nor saw red for a sec­ond book­able of­fence fol­low­ing a clumsy chal­lenge on Zeli Ismail.

Brew­ers boss Gary Rowett re­sponded al­most im­me­di­ately by throw­ing on Kee and the striker re­paid that faith to turn home the equaliser.

With a nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage, Bur­ton were camped in the Dag­gers half late on but the clos­est they came to a win­ner was when Rob­bie Weir struck a post in in­jury time. Dag­gers boss Wayne Bur­nett said:“The send­ing off changed the game. We were more than a match for them at 11 ver­sus 11.

“Jack was maybe a bit naïve but he’s fresh from the youth team and he’ll learn. It changed the com­plex­ion of the game – it’s hard enough at Bur­ton with 11 men but its even more dif­fi­cult with ten.

“It was backs to the wall at the end but my play­ers have a never-say­die at­ti­tude and they showed fan­tas­tic char­ac­ter.”

STAR MAN ZELI ISMAIL

Bur­ton

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