Ellis Iandolo wants Town to use Saturday’s win as a motivator for Tuesday’s game against Stevenage.
Iandolo was deployed at left-back, as Matty Taylor moved into central midfield, and to good effect as it was he who put the cross in that led to Elijah Adebayo’s winner.
For all Town’s attacking work in the first half, Iandolo was right in his view that the second half was more about solidity than anything else.
“The second half was very much about us defending but sometimes that’s what League Two is about and to get a 1-0 win is a good result.
“It shows a lot of desire from our players, we all came in delighted with the three points. It’s all about grinding these games out and trying to get onto the next match against Stevenage on Tuesday.
“It would’ve been nice to get two or three goals in the first half given the chances we had. If we did, we might’ve been a bit more settled going into the second half.
“But it’s not easy in this league, and teams like Port Vale are going to put you under pressure – especially when they’re one-goal down at home.”
After last weekend’s loss to Carlisle, the 22-year-old said it was vital to get back to winning ways, and continue on Tuesday.
“It’s a massive result. We knew off the back of a terrible result at home last weekend that we had to go and fix it, and that’s exactly what we did.
“Hopefully we can keep this going on Tuesday (against Stevenage) and go on a little run.
“We’ve been working hard in training and the manager has made it very clear how he wants us to play.”
On his positioning, Iandolo said that he felt natural on the left-hand side of a back four.
“We could’ve got the ball down a bit more in the second half, but the pitch wasn’t the best. You’ve got to grind these games out.”
I want to play as many games as I can – if Matty (Taylor) going into midfield means me at left-back, I’ve got no problem with that. I feel very comfortable there.”