The aim is to stay in the side for the rest of the season
Louis Dodds says Vale have only themselves to blame for throwing away a two-goal lead against Notts County, but says Vale are not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
He says: “It was our fault. From going two-nil up to losing the game is not hard luck or anything like that, it was just bad play from us and we are looking to put that right because we should have got the three points on Saturday.
“But it isn’t quite over for us yet, we will be going into every game trying to win it and from our points we will still try to get that last play-off spot.
“Whether we can get there is a different matter, but as long as it is mathematically possible we will keep going for it.
“We know we can finish a little bit higher with a few more points and that’s what we have got to stay focussed on. We have to be professional until the end of the season and finish as high as we can.”
On a personal note, Louis is hoping to finish the season with a run of games under his belt and he will be doing everything he can to remain in the starting eleven.
He said: “I came off the bench on Saturday and I thought I did well and hopefully on Friday I will get the nod, but it’s up to me now.
“It has been a bit of a stop-start season for me so hopefully it can end of a high.
“I have got to put the manager in a position where he can’t not play me and I think that is what everyone tries to do.”
Vale take on MK Dons on Friday hoping to show the visitors they are a better side than they looked when beaten at their place just before Christmas.
The Dons are the visitors to Vale Park on Good Friday (3pm kick off) and Dodds believes the fans are in for an entertaining game.
He said: “I think it will be a good game for the neutral, we have got two teams who have got to go out and try and win the game.
“We know from when we played them at their place they are a good footballing team, but we owe them one and I think it will be a great game.
“They like to try and play out from the back and when you do that you do leave the back door open sometimes, so it is on us to not let them get too comfortable and put them on the back foot.”