Billy Kee admits his phone has been red hot this week as he and his Portsmouth mates trade ‘banter’.
Tom Davies, Adam Buxton and Andy Procter left the Wham Stadium in the summer to link up with former Stanley bosses Paul Cook and Leam Richardson at Portsmouth and, building up to tomorrow’s game, there has been plenty of exchanges.
“We have started giving it out,” smiled Kee, who has three goals this season after scoring a career-best 17 last season before both Stanley and Pompey missed out on promotion through the play-offs.
“It has plenty of added spice because they have a number of our former players and my old team mates.
“No one likes losing and you go back to being mates after the game and, if you lose, you don’t answer your phone.
“If you win though, I will be the one giving them a load of stick – it’s just the way it goes.”
Gary Roberts, Kal Naismith and Amine Linganzi are also former Reds and Kee feels Stanley need to turn on the style after Pompey came to the Wham Stadium in March and won comfortably 3-1.
“They are the biggest club in the division, along with probably Luton, and we owe them one after last season,” said Kee.
“Even though we have some new players now we will be letting them know about last season as they did a job on us.
“We do have a rivalry with them because of the Accrington connections and we are hoping that if we are all on the same page we can come out on top this time.”
Kee missed the start of the season through injury but has scored three goals since as the Reds have won two league games so far in the new campaign.
“I never set targets as you never reach them!” said the 25-year-old former Leicester, Torquay, Burton and Scunthorpe hitman who has been nominated for the MNBA North West League Two Player of the Year.
“My main goals are to win games, it’s about the team not about myself so I just want to win. I have found it hard to get back into it after last season but I feel like I am hitting a bit of form now, we showed we are gelling as a team at Notts County and we know we will get there.”