Port Vale: Debutant Purse says spirit will carry Valiants to glory
DARREN Purse believes the confident spirit in the Port Vale dressing room can carry the club to promotion.
The veteran defender has been with the Valiants less than a week, but has been quick to feel the belief among the squad.
He says it's that kind of attitude, combined with a strong work ethic, which helped earn Saturday's 2-1 win at Gillingham.
"It was a fantastic result and we thoroughly deserved it," he said, "but the way we built up to the game, I fancied us.
"There's a huge amount of confidence and belief in the dressing room and it showed.
"It was backs-to-the-wall stuff at times, but when you have players like ours who roll their sleeves up and want to win for each other we can go anywhere.
"I've only been here a week, but the technical ability within the squad and how they work together is fantastic. You can see why we get results like this.
"We've just got to continue that now and try to stay on top as long as we can."
Former Plymouth centre-half Purse, aged 36, marked his debut with a man-of-the-match display at the heart of the back four as Vale, two up inside 20 minutes, just about held on in the end.
But he modestly played down his own role in the victory.
"It was great to get a result," he said. "But I don't know about my own performance. It's often about being harsh on yourself and their goal was my fault.
"I should have won the first header and I didn't and the lad scored.
"You can win every header you want in the game, but if you miss the one that matters then that's what happens.
"But we rolled our sleeves up and I thought my partnership with Chilvs (Liam Chilvers) worked well.
"It was a great win and it's nice to be top, but there's still a long way to go.
"We can't get carried away. We've been at the top of the league before and now it's all about trying to stay there."