Port Vale coach Andy Smith took the positives out of the performance against Derby County B on Tuesday night.
Smith told the media: “For me it shouldn’t matter whether the crowd is full or not, you have still got to go out there and apply yourself.
It was flat, but we won the game and that is the positive thing. It was so important to keep that momentum going…
“I expect my players to go out there and play a high-tempo game, and tonight I think some of them didn’t understand the English mentality.
“It was flat, but we won the game and that is the positive thing. It was so important to keep that momentum going. We had enough chances to win two games.
“Players coming in and getting minutes under their belt is a plus sign. There were a lot of changes for us from last Saturday, but we won the game.
“That’s what we want to do – win football games. The confidence is there and another win breeds more confidence.
“The stat of having the best defence in the Football League after five games is a credit to the lads.
“They’re coming in every day and they want to learn and buy into what we do. They’re putting themselves through everything in training and credit to them.”