Captain Doug Loft told the official website that Port Vale that he felt the Valiants “deserved something from the game” against Leyton Orient.
Vale lost 3-2 on Saturday thanks to a late Kevin Lisbie goal, but Loft felt the Valiants “worked really hard.”
He commented: “The boys worked really hard and I think we deserved something from the game if I am honest.
“They are top of the league and I think we’ve come here and given them a really good game.
“We’ve hit the bar and had some chances and it is disappointing to lose it like that.
“We’ve got some strong characters in there. There are a lot of boys with a lot of self-belief.
“I will try and motivate them on and off the pitch, we’ve got big characters who have been here and done it before.
“It’s not just me, the boys are starting to learn that we are not going to win every game but we’ve got a good enough squad to compete.
“If you make mistakes the team score easier than last year.”