Port Vale fell to defeat against Chesterfield this past weekend, despite a positive opening to the game, they were unable to get the goal their play deserved.
Midfielder, Michael Tonge feels that his side gave themselves a huge mountain to climb after two goals from Kristian Dennis and Jordan Sinnott put the Spireites in the lead.
He said: “I’m gutted to be honest.
“I thought we did really well in the first-half. Until they scored, I thought that there was only really one team in the game. But firstly, to concede the first one and the second so close together we gave ourselves a real mountain to climb.
“I don’t think we managed to recover from it.”
“If it would have been one goal at half-time, then in the second-half we would have had something to go at. It would have put them in a nervous disposition.
For the majority of the game, we dominated but needed to score so today we didn’t make the most of our chances and we allowed them to have too many.”
Despite a rocky start, Vale still have plenty of time to put things right as the former Sheffield United player believes that the team is still gelling after pre-season.
He said: “We’ve got some really good talented players.
“We’ve got some younger lads who have really got things to prove here, they want to get some games and do well for the club. It’s a new group of players, it will always take time but on today’s evidence we shot ourselves in the foot.
“To concede two goals so close together in any game, will always rock you. We made that mistake against Wycombe and we didn’t resurrect it this week but we will keep going because there are definitely positives in my eyes.”