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Kee: FA Cup is a dream

24 January 2019

Billy Kee is relishing the chance to test himself against Frank Lampard's Derby County in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday.

Kee scored the winner against Ipswich in the last round and loves the magic of the cup, with the Reds taking on the Rams live on BT Sport (KO 12.30pm).

"All of us watched the FA Cup growing up, to be in the Fourth Round against Frank Lampard is massive," said the 10-goal striker.

"I watched him all my life, playing for England and Chelsea, and he has been the best he can be.

"To have a chance to play against his team is something you dream about.

"Derby are a top Championship side, and probably will be a Premier League side soon.

"But it's 11 against 11 on the day and we fancy our chances on our home pitch. You do not get many chances like this so it's one I will relish."

The last time Kee played in the Fourth Round was at Stanley against Fulham in 2010 - the Reds lost 3-1 with Michael Symes on target for Stanley.

"I have been all over since then and have never played in the FA Cup Fourth Round since then so you have got to seize the opportunity. Some of the young lads have been doing their hair as they are playing in front of the cameras but I am a bit old for that!

"Ten years ago when we played we needed to get through the rounds to get paid but now it's different, everything is stable and it takes that pressure off and we can enjoy the day more.

"This one is for the fans, to try and take a big scalp means a lot to the fans and, for the team, we are willing to fight and run for each other. We will give everything for ourselves, the gaffer, the chairman and the fans.

"I don't think many clubs like coming to Accrington, I never liked it when I came here as an opposition player. The changing rooms are always minus four no matter what the weather is like!"

While Stanley haven't been in the best form in League One, they do tend to rise to the big occasion.

"It's a positive distraction for us, you want to stay in the cup competitions as long as you can and to have days like Saturday," said Kee.

"I have been on television a number of times but the young lads are excited about it and it's great recognition for the club."


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