Manager John Askey was pleased with how his side performed yesterday, with them scoring three goals away from home, but was annoyed they were unable to hold on for all three points.
The Valiants travelled to London to take on Leyton Orient yesterday and again displayed what they are capable of, coming from behind to take the lead and scoring three goals on the road.
The third goal for the Vale was a beautiful curling effort from 25-yards out by Jake Taylor with five minutes left to play and Vale believed they would come away with the points, but unfortunately were again undone by an extra-time equaliser.
The Valiants were firmly in control of the first-half and could have ended it with a larger lead, and the boss spoke again about how not taking chances allowed for the opposition to get back into the match and his side did not maintain their style of football.
The late goal left the gaffer feeling disappointed that they couldn’t get the first away league win under their belt, especially after displaying so many positives throughout the game, with poor decision making again picked out as an issue, but remained upbeat about the impressive attacking display and the heart shown by his players.
He said: “Frist-half we should have gone in more than 2-1, if we’d had taken our chances then the game would’ve been over, second-half you know they’re always going to come out at us.
“When you get the third so late on you just think it’s going to be our day, but it wasn’t, just disappointed with the manner that we conceded goals but obviously pleased that we got three.
“Frustrating for the players because nobody goes out there and deliberately makes mistakes, but the effort was there again, there was a lot of good things, scoring three goals… so a lot of positives but obviously disappointment that we only got the point.”
The gaffer added how the game will, despite in initial disappointment, add to the confidence the players are building up, but there is a need to make sure that no more points are dropped in games like yesterday, as the team has high hopes of what they want to achieve this campaign.
Two encouraging parts from the game for the gaffer were the performances of Jake Taylor and Scott Burgess, as the two young central midfielders again shone on the pitch and were able to make it two goals in as many games for the Vale, with Askey praising the pair for how much they add to the side.
With Morecambe the next test for the Vale, the boss hopes the players will learn from what didn’t work well and take confidence into the next game as they put in a strong display yesterday, and must use that to get another three points on the board.
“The extra two points makes a huge difference to us, if we want to achieve something we can’t allow that to happen, we’ve got to be stronger and a bit more composed, but we are improving.
“What they [Taylor and Burgess] do is give us a lot of energy, Jake just keeps getting better, so strong and does some really good things, and we’re just starting to see a little bit of what Scott can do, so I’ve been really pleased.
“We try and learn from it [the game] but they [the players] should be upbeat from the way that they’re playing and get over the disappointment of the result, but to come here and perform as well as we have, you just hope it’s eventually going to turn for us.”