Veteran midfielder Antony Kay says the 4-0 home loss to Lincoln was “depressing” but the squad “have to come back positive”.
Vale were thrashed 4-0 at home in the League Cup first round on Tuesday evening.
We have lost 4-0 and it is bit depressing and a bit saddening. Luckily it is not in the league, we just have to come back on Saturday positive…
Kay, who started the match, told the media: “He is not happy… but the players as well. Before the gaffer came in, the players were speaking to each other because you do need to put it right when you lose 4-0.
“It is early in the season and it is probably good that it is happening now because teams do have flaws, especially early on in the season. It probably takes a few games to find them out and hopefully we do that.
“There were obviously mistakes out there. But it’s good that we have a game coming up on Saturday now.
“I think the scoreline is a little bit biased in that the goals we did concede were our own fault. We had chances and have not put them away. We had chances. I think we had a lot that flashed across the goal. I didn’t think anyone anticipated the ball and it just wasn’t dropping for us.
“We have lost 4-0 and it is bit depressing and a bit saddening. Luckily it is not in the league, we just have to come back on Saturday positive.”