Port Vale: Valiants' confidence still intact, says Burge
RYAN Burge insists there's been no loss of confidence in the Port Vale dressing room, despite a third successive defeat.
The 2-0 reverse against Chesterfield followed losses against Sheffield United, in the FA Cup, and Bradford City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last week.
But midfielder Burge says the players are still a strong unit and are determined to put things right.
"The last three results have been disappointing, but it doesn't affect our confidence," he said.
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"You just dust yourself down and get ready for the next game.
"If you have a bad week, there's always the next one to try to put it right."
Burge is struggling to put his finger on what has gone wrong in the last three games.
"Maybe we haven't got the ball into the box enough and haven't had that cutting edge we've had," he added. "We haven't been playing as well as we have been, but we're not worried. We're second in the table, so something's obviously going right.
"We'll be looking to step it up again next week at Cheltenham."
Burge was left shattered by Saturday's defeat, inflicted by goals from former Vale loanee Jay O'Shea and Tendayi Darikwa.
"Chesterfield are a good side and if you give decent players space and they're going to hurt you. I thought they were one of the better sides we've played this season," he said.
"There's another difficult game next week and it will be second versus third, so it takes on even more importance.
"It's a chance to put things right and a chance to move away from them."