Centre-half Remie Streete says Vale need to increase their tempo later on after conceding costly early goals for the second game in a row.
Vale lost 3-1 to Bolton after being three goals down within 15 minutes and the Valiants also conceded two first-half goals to Oxford in their previous game.
I think sometimes in the first 10 minutes maybe we have to go a bit longer so we can do it with more of a tempo…
The side’s slow starts have been a constant theme from coach Andy Smith and Streete says the side will work on improving the starts to games.
Streete told the Sentinel: “The first 15 minutes were not good enough, it was the same against Oxford the week before. We started off slowly and were 2-0 down, here it was 3-0 down. It is something that we definitely have to put right somehow.
“It’s not until we are 3-0 down or 2-0 down that we start actually playing a bit. So it is something that needs to improve, but it was a kick in in the teeth conceding so early and we have to put it right.
“It is not individuals, I think it is just as a team I think the tempo at which we start games…we look to get the ball down and play, but I think sometimes in the first 10 minutes maybe we have to go a bit longer so we can do it with more of a tempo.
“I think when we are playing slow build up football from the start, and other teams are fresh and at 100 miles an hour pressing, I think it is asking for trouble. But it is something we will work on and I am sure we will get it right.”