Neil Aspin delivers an honest verdict of Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium.
The Vale boss was left frustrated last Saturday as he watched his side overcome by John McGreal's Colchester outfit.
Two first half goals from Courtney Senior and Ryan Jackson put the game beyond the Valiants before half-an-hour was up, and the gaffer believes his side were not deserved of any points on the day.
He said: "We did well last week against Cambridge but we weren't anywhere near like that today. If we are going to pick up points we have to be like we were last week, much better than we were today.
"We got what we deserved, which was nothing.
"Last week we were sharper, we competed better, we tracked runners, we worked hard and we did everything on that side of the game which you need to to stay in the game before you can eventually get yourself in a position where you can win.
"Today after 23 minutes the game was over. They cut through us too easily and that was it then."
However, the gaffer was gracious in defeat, paying tribute to Saturdays opponents believing they were the better team on the day and were well worth the three points they gained.
"I would like to give credit to the opposition. I thought they were very good, caused us a lot of problems and deservedly won the game.
"Instead of starting by saying that we were very poor, I think sometimes managers don't give credit to the opposition and I thought Colchester thoroughly deserved the win.