New signing Danny Philliskirk enjoyed his first run-out in a Blackpool shirt and feels Pool were just one refereeing decision away from winning.
The striker played 90 minutes just 48 hours after making the switch from Oldham in a £75,000 deal.
While chances were few and far between, Philliskirk insisted he enjoyed his debut.
“It was nice to go straight into the team, even though we didn’t win the game,” he said.
“We lost but it could easily have been a draw or a win if we’d got that penalty.”
The decision of referee Seb Stockbridge not to award Pool a penalty for handball, seconds before Vale broke to score the winner, dominated the post-match discussion.
Philliskirk’s view was clear: “It was definitely a penalty,” he said. “If he hasn’t given a penalty, it’s 100 per cent a corner.
“I turned around to get ready for the corner, and by the time I’d turned back they were halfway up the pitch.
“We were all expecting a handball but at the very least a corner. Most of the lads switched off, thinking it was our corner. They took a quick goal-kick, ran up the other end and scored.
“I think our defenders were coming up for a corner. It was very disappointing.”
This third away win of the season delighted Vale boss Rob Page, who admitted his side had changed their style.
“We won ugly and it was great to see,” Page said. “I want us to be brave at home and create chances, but away I want us to be ugly if we have to.
“We had to put Blackpool on the back foot and we did. We had to dig deep late in the game and to a man everyone stood up to be counted.”