Port Vale earned only their eighth point away from home on Saturday at Gillingham.
Despite Vale’s dominance throughout, the three points were snatched from them in the dying minutes as Josh Parker headed the hosts level.
Midfielder Danny Pugh made his first start for the club in the draw, and he spoke exclusively to Valiant PlayerHD after the game: “We are gutted in the changing rooms. To concede a goal that late on and in that fashion is hard.
We are obviously devastated but we have to take the positives from the performance as a whole and move on quickly for Tuesday.”
Vale’s away form has been their weakness this season, however, the past two away performances have been encouraging and a win is definitely on the horizon.
The 34-year old is focusing on the positive aspects of Saturday’s performance: “We have to take the plus points from the whole 90 minutes. We did well. We looked like the stronger team and we looked like we were going to go on and win the game, and to concede a goal like that leaves us devastated. But we will take the positives and carry them into Tuesday’s game.”
Since his arrival, Pugh has starred twice in a Vale shirt and is impressed with his experiences with the club so far: “I have been massively impressed from what I have seen so far. Everything is positive, including today’s performance. We just have to keep looking up and keep improving.”
He continued: “I think that we have the set the bar high with the standards that we have set today. We have all put in performances that we needed to and we need to maintain that now until the end of the season.”
Vale have another long trip down to the capital tomorrow evening to face high-flying Millwall.
Pugh looks towards this game as a tough fixture, but the team will go there in high spirits: “It will be a tough game, it is always a tough place to go to. We know that it is going to be another battle but we have to look after ourselves, concentrate on ourselves and try and get a positive result.”