The Reds conceded either side of the half-time whistle, before Sam Winnall pulled one back late in the match. Despite numerous chances in both halves, the Reds couldn’t find the goal that would get them any points.
Johnson said, “There are signs of encouragement. Even the fans will understand the players gave their all. We’ve dominated, the players and I feel hard done by.
“We’ve won everything except the most important stat, we didn’t deserve to lose that game and their keepers had a ‘worldie’. We’ve got to keep going, a lot of our play was good today.”
The loss against The Vale made it eight games in League One without a win, and Johnson gave his thoughts about that.
“I’m disappointed we’ve had this run.” Said Johnson. “We can pull ourselves out of it, we just need that bit of quality and luck. We need to stick to our values and principles then we’ll go on a winning run. We
didn’t deserve that result today and we can only turn it round together.
“Teams have a certain way of playing against us and sometimes we’ve struggled to deal with that. We should have been three-nip up by the time we conceded the first goal.
“We had enough domination and opportunities at goal not to require some decisions from the referee, but they should have been given.
“Consistently today we were the better side and this has happened to us too much. I know we’ve got that performance in us, which gives me that hope and strength.”