Billy Kee praises Reds squad after award joy for striker and boss John Coleman

STANLEY striker Billy Kee praised the work of his Reds teammates after being named League Two Player of the Year.

The 23-goal frontman beat Wycombe’s Ade Akinfenwa and Cheltenham’s Mohamed Eisa to secure the honour at the English Football League awards on Sunday night.

It was double delight for the Reds after manager John Coleman, who had already been named League Two Manager of the Year, was crowned boss of the year for the combined Football League team, which included Kee.

Reds winger Sean McConville also won a place in the League Two team of the year but Kee believes Stanley could have had several more players in the fourth tier XI.

He said: “No disrespect to the Luton lads but we have a lot of players who could be in that team but we still are little Accrington so perhaps don’t get the plaudits that other players get.

“I can go through all the team.”

The 27-year-old, who opened up about his battle with depression last season, added: “It is an honour but I don’t win awards by myself though, it’s about all the lads. It’s the lads at the back who keep clean sheets and make me look good.

“It’s about Sean McConville and Jordan Clark who put balls on my head and Kayden Jackson who has all the pace and has scored 15 goals this season, without penalties.

“It has been a whirlwind season and we just want to get over the line now with promotion.”

Coleman collected the award on Kee’s behalf on Sunday night and said of his talisman: “Billy has been fantastic for us this season and a real asset to the squad we have assembled here. He is a good lad and the goals he has continually scored this season has proved his quality.”

And Reds assistant boss Jimmy Bell also had praise for award winners Kee and Coleman but reiterated the strong team spirit at the club as a reason behind the pair’s individual success.

“It’s absolutely massive for the club to win awards like this and it puts us in the spotlight,” said Bell.

“Both John and Billy have done magnificently. Billy has led the line all season, he has spoken openly about his problems and he has come through it and fully deserves the accolade.

“They will be the first to say though it’s not about them but about the team and everyone behind the scenes. It’s been a real club effort.”

Source : LancashireTelegraph

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