Port Vale boss Lee Sinnott defended his players after they crashed out of the FA Cup following a 1-0 second round replay defeat at non-league minnows Chasetown.
Vale striker Luke Rodgers missed two penalties at the Scholars Ground, before Danny Smith struck a last-minute winner for the British Gas Midlands Premier League outfit.
However, a defiant Sinnott told The Sentinel: "I can't fault the players for their commitment, I would like to stress that.
"You have to ride storms and it is about where we stand at the end of the season. Where we stand now is an awkward place, but it will make us stronger.
"It does hurt at the moment, but it is up to us to turn it around.
"We are moving in the right direction. This is another test of our character which will stand us in good stead.
"I will put up with short-term barracking so long as I know I am going to get long-term success."