Cristian Montano isn’t bothered if he scores another goal-of-the season contender, so long as he can help Port Vale to a much-needed win.
The 28 year old scored a cracker to level at 2-2 at home to Leyton Orient at the weekend, only for the Vale to lose 3-2 after conceding a late goal.
That made it five league defeats on the spin for John Askey’s side who are away to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Montano could start after impressing as an early substitute for David Amoo who suffered a hamstring injury.
He played on the left wing but had switched to left back moments before charging forward and bending the ball into the top corner with his weaker right foot, 15 minutes from time.
He said: “The amount of ricochets we had in the box and nothing was falling to us. Then I hit one from that distance and it goes in. I felt we were going to go on and win, we were the better team and had worked so hard.
“But as a team we know what we have got. With the belief and togetherness we have in the squad, we know we can pull this around. All it takes is one game, one result.
“At the moment I don’t really mind if I play well so long as we win the games. I don’t mind if it’s a scrappy performance but we get all three points. If you look at the start of the season, we weren’t playing as well but we were getting the three points, nicking something out of the game.
“Now I would say we are playing better but we aren’t getting any luck. But it’s about staying positive and keep believing in ourselves.
“We have tremendous belief in the squad. It is probably the best bunch of lads I have played with in terms of togetherness, quality and positivity as well.”
Montano is happy playing at full back or on the wing.
He said: “I am attacking-minded but can do that from wherever I play. Playing left back gives me more license to run at people from deep. As a winger you sometimes receive the ball with your back to the opposition winger but then it’s down to me to work the extra space to get away from them.
“I am comfortable playing left back, left wing or wherever. I never stop learning and, so long as I am playing, I am happy.”