Without a league win in eight games Port Vale’s season looks to be in freefall but the club have the quality within their ranks to ensure survival, says forward Tyrone Barnett.
Vale only fell down to League Two at the end of last season and Barnett is determined to ensure the club do not suffer consecutive relegations.
However, currently only four places and seven points above the drop-zone, the 32-year-old knows the danger their current run of form is putting them in.
“In December we had a good run of games and I’m sure some people were looking at the top end of the table but then we have had a few bad results and a few bad performances,” Barnett said.
“Sometimes when you are on a bad run you get bad decisions against you and in key stages of the game we have either made bad choices or had bad decisions go against us and it has cost us points.”
The Valiants have conceded eight goals in their past two games away at Cheltenham Town and Swindon Town.
But despite the leak of goals at the back, Barnett thinks there’s more quality in the squad than is being shown.
“The lads know we have got a great squad here. There’s a lot of good players. There’s a lot of professional players in the team. So there’s plenty of competition.
“The lads know there’s a good bunch of players here so if we can just put a good run together – a few back-to-back wins here and there – we can start moving forward. I don’t see why we can’t do that.”
Next up for Barnett and Vale is the visit of Newport County this Saturday and the forward has called on the home support to help make Vale Park a fortress as they push for survival.
“It would be nice if teams feared coming here for the last half of the season. That would always be a leg up for us going into the game.
“If we can keep the wins here I’m sure that it would be a good start for us and we could build on that going when we go to away games.”