Captain Leon Legge says Port Vale have what it takes to get out of League Two, but can’t dwell on their dramatic home defeat to Tranmere.
The Vale will move up four places to fourth in the table if they can beat Scunthorpe at Vale Park on Tuesday.
They had hoped to be in that position by Saturday evening but their ten men conceded two goals in injury time to lose 4-3 to Rovers in an extraordinary game.
Vale will have to replace midfielder Luke Joyce who starts a three-game ban for his 52nd-minute red card, but Legge says the squad have the resilience to come back from setbacks.
He said: “If you look at how we played for 35 minutes against 11 men on Saturday, and the way that everyone fought for each other…..We are not a team that goes down easily. We go down fighting and that is what you need to get out of leagues like this.
“So long as we have that same mentality there is no reason why we can’t get out of this league.”
This game is the latest in a run of seven matches in 21 days for Vale in all competitions. The captain added: “With the close run of games, you can’t afford to dwell on what has just happened. That’s gone, we go onto the next one.”
Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled for November 3 but postponed because of cases of Covid-19 in the Scunthorpe camp.
The Iron won 2-0 at Oldham on Saturday to end a run of eight straight defeats. They are second from bottom but have up to three games in hand on the teams above them.
The Vale have a full squad to choose from apart from Joyce who is suspended, Zak Mills who is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, and James Gibbons who is recovering from surgery on a hamstring injury.
Vale’s hectic schedule will continue on Saturday when they are away to League Two leaders Newport County.