Port Vale boss John Askey was pleased with his team – and frustrated with referee Scott Duncan – after a goalless draw away to promotion rivals Cheltenham.
The Vale have dropped out of the play-off spots, down a place to eighth, but could take plenty of encouragement from having the better of the game against a fifth-placed Cheltenham side who had won their previous five games.
However, the referee gave Vale a penalty three minutes before the break, when Mitch Clark was challenged by Charlie Raglan, but then changed his mind after consulting with his linesman.
Duncan also waved away penalty appeals from Tom Conlon in the second half.
Askey said: “I am really pleased with how we played, I thought we deserved to win the game. We created quite a few chances, and hit the bar. I thought they were penalties at the time and, when I have watched them back on the video, we should have had two penalties.
“I am disappointed we haven’t got the three points because I thought we really deserved it.
“Coming here, a point is a decent result, but on the day we deserved to win. We should have had all three points.”
Mark Cullen hit the bar, with Vale’s best chance of the first half, then forced a fine save from keeper Owen Evans after the break as David Amoo also went close.
The manager added: “The cutting edge has been there, we have scored plenty of goals in the last few games. It is conceding goals that we’ve had trouble with.
“I think I said on Friday, you can guarantee if we keep a clean sheet, they will stop going in at the other end! It’s sod’s law, but I was really pleased with how we defended. I don’t think Browny had a save to make.”