Manager Rob Page reserved praise for striker AJ Leitch-Smith after his brace of goals against Maidenhead United.
Vale were forced to come from behind against a battling Maidenhead side but Leitch-Smith scored twice to make it three goals in two games for the Valiants.
I’m really pleased for AJ, he has the movement and thoroughly deserved our two. He was the difference…
Page said: “It’s fantastic. I’m really pleased with the second-half performance as we feared the worst.
“It shows all the character we have.
“We said before the game they would come at us so we had to roll our sleeves up and dig deep.
“I’m really pleased for AJ, he has the movement and thoroughly deserved our two. He was the difference.
“The cup is an opportunity for us to progress but now we’ll look to recover here because we have a game on Saturday and we will have a lot of tired bodies out there.”