THAT’S the penalty taker sorted - now cut out the errors at the back and boss John Coleman believes Stanley will be have the recipe for success.
The Reds have been plagued by the inability to convert spot kicks with one out of five scored last season and one missed in this campaign.
So when Phil Edwards held his nerve to hammer home an 82nd minute penalty on Tuesday night there was an even bigger sense of relief around the Reds camp than it just being the equaliser.
But then came Coleman’s other bug-bear - a defensive lapse - which again put his side under pressure as keeper Alan Martin fumbled a cross four minutes from time and Vale’s Tommy Fraser had the easiest of head-ins.
Luckily captain Andy Procter’s last ditch deflected effort salvaged a point for the Reds to make it one defeat in six games.
And Cole-man says if they can now get it right at the back, things are certainly looking up on the field at the Crown Ground.
"We feel we have let ourselves down with the goals we have conceded and we will do our best to address the problems in training," said the Reds boss.
"I think the players know its not acceptable and if we can eradricate that we could be one of the better teams in the league.
"People are complimentary about our performances and we just have to get our consistency as that’s what the teams who make the play-offs are - consistent - and they generally don’t gift points and goals and we have gifted Port Vale two goals.
"But it is a sign I think of how far we have come as a team that our players are absolutely sick in the dressing room that they only got a draw,"
Edwards, while the penalty hero, did just fail to get a touch to a late header which would have been an injury-time winner - with looked unlikely as Stanley trailed the out-of-form Valiants, with boss Micky Adams putting all his players on the transfer list midweek.
Louis Dodds - a striker Stanley know well from non league days - rifled the ball home from the edge of the area on five minutes after the Reds failed to clear a long throw.
Vale striker Marc Richards headed against the crossbar when it looked easier to score and then Procter got on the end of John Miles’ cross but the ball also hit the inside of the woodwork and agonisingly bounced out.
As time ticked on, it did look like Dodds’ goal would be the decider with a game of few second half chances.
The off-side flag seemed to be up repeatedly and, while Stanley got on top after the break, they couldn’t seriously threaten Vale keeper Chris Martin.
But then Procter’s shot was judged to have hit the hand of sub Sam Stockley in the area and Edwards stood up and belted the ball into the top of the net.
At 1-1 with six minutes left, Stanley had the impetus to go on and win the game
So it was gutting when Martin fumbled a long throw and Fraser stooped low to head what looked like the winner for Adams’ men.
But then a 20-yard shot from the edge of the area by Procter took a nick and sneaked low into the bottom corner of the net as the captain skidded on his knees to celebrate his second goal in two games - and rescue what could be an important point for the Reds.