Port Vale’s sorry run now stands at six league defeats in a row and six games without scoring as they remain rock bottom after defeat at Luton.
Michael Brown made three changes bringing in goalkeeper Sam Hornby, Anthony De Freitas and central defender Tom Anderson who made a solid impression in his first start for the club.
Vale battled hard in the first-half and went close to ending their drought with a free-kick from French midfielder Anthony De Freitas. But a Luton attack saw the luckless Ben Whitfield chalk up an own-goal as the home side took the lead on the 38 minute mark.
The Valiants were unlucky in the second period when De Freitas appeared to be brought down in the box but the ref didn’t give a spot-kick and Luton rubbed salt in the wounds as they broke from a Vale corner to score their second goal with five minutes of the second-half played.
Vale responded by bringing on youngster Dan Turner and De Freitas and Worrall both went close in the final quarter but the Valiants just could not find the net even for a consolation goal.
It remains to be seen if Michael Brown can survive this latest defeat but time is clearly running out and he will be desperate for a result if he does remain in charge.
Port Vale: Hornby, Davis (Pyke), Smith, Anderson, Gunning, Worrall, Middleton (Stobbs), Whitfield, De Freitas, Barnett (Turner), Pope
Subs: Boot, Kay, Wilson, Denton
Attendance: 7,046 (136 away)