Manager Bruno Ribeiro said that his team played “very slow [with] no attitude” during the League Cup defeat to Carlisle United.
Vale lost 2-1 on Tuesday night with the first-half performance being particularly poor. After the game Ribeiro told the media his side was: “Very bad in the first half. For me, it was not my team in the first half – very slow, no attitude.
Maybe the players were thinking this game is easy. But all games are difficult…
“In the second half we played better, with more pressure and played better football. But when you give 45 minutes to the other team and they score two goals it is difficult.
“Maybe the players were thinking this game is easy. But all games are difficult, against League Two, Conference, Championship, Premier League – every game now is very difficult.
“When they started the game in the first half we had 11 players here but no work. We had just two or three that worked like I like.”