A trio of second half saves from Scott Brown rescued the away side a hard earned point at The People’s Pension Staium against Crawley Town.
John Askey said his side was showing signs of where they want to be but admits there is still room for improvement, as Vale were forced to weather a Town storm through the second half.
The first of three important saves from Brown came when Crawley’s Ashley Nathanial-George ghosted through the Vale back line to the penalty spot, but his low shot was saved smartly by the outrushing goalkeeper.
Five minutes later, Nathanial-George turned provider when he dispossessed Leon Legge and slipped through Dannie Bulman, but his shot on the angle was saved by the legs of Brown as he bore down on the opposition captain.
A final save came against Ollie Palmer, who could not covert past the sprawling Brown from 12 yards.
Askey was full of praise for his goalkeeper, he said: “He saved three one-on-ones, He did well. It’s nice because, when they are through like that, you think it’s a goal.”
The Valients had their best chance of the game after just ten minutes, Tom Pope’s blocked shot fell to David Amoo but the winger was only able to find the feet of goalkeeper Glenn Morris.
Town’s then had a chance of their own to go ahead after 22 minutes when Palmer rounded Brown on the edge of the box, but Leon Legge covered well to prod the ball clear.
In an otherwise uneventful game, Rhys Brown, recalled to the side, provided moments of trickery and looked the most likely to create something for the visitors, who have now gone three league games without a win.
This defeat now leaves Vale four points adrift of the play-offs, who will be hoping to return to winning ways in their home tie against Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day.