Micky Adams felt his side “gave away three bad goals defensively” but could “take a lot of credit for our performance in the second half” after Port Vale lost to Burnley in the first round of the Capital One cup.
Adams commented: “We need people to stick to their jobs, but they didn’t do that. We gave away three bad goals defensively – we’ve got to make sure we do the basics right, and we didn’t do that in the first half.
“It was always going to be tough against Burnley. They are a good side and have spent a lot of money.
“We won’t be playing against that calibre of player against Barnet on Saturday, but we still have to make sure our defending is better and that we do the basics.
“We gave a soft equaliser away and then young Joe [Davis] made a mistake which cost us and the third goal – we just allowed their lad to walk straight through with nobody confronting him.
“Joe is very young and young defenders at any level will make mistakes. It’s something he will have to swallow. But it’s all part of the learning process and he will come back better for it. He knows he made a mistake, but he has potential and we’ll stick with him.
“We can take a lot of credit for our performance in the second half. We were a lot better and their keeper had to make some good saves. We were chasing the game and we looked much improved.
“The crowd were terrific. Night games here are special anyway, there is always a great atmosphere and you have to give them something to shout about. I thought we did that.”