Luke Hannant was left disappointed following Vale's first-half performance in the 2-1 away defeat to Carlisle United, as Vale's stretch without an away win goes on.
The former Gateshead man was one of the bright sparks during the defeat at Brunton Park, though has been left frustrated following the disappointing defeat at Brunton Park.
As Neil Aspin's side lined up in a brand new formation, Hannant found himself playing in a more defensive role at left-wing back, though the young midfielder was a huge outlet down that left hand-side looking dangerous from the off.
But it was the first-half performance that effectively cost the Vale and Hannant believes if that can be rectified, the points will come.
He said: "First half, we didn't come out the traps quick enough.
"We know we wasn't good enough in the first half and we were inviting a lot of pressure.
"Second half we fared a lot better. We got down the flanks quicker and put a good few balls into the box.
"But we've started too late in the game and in the end we've paid for it."
Having struggled in the first-half, whatever was said in the changing rooms during the break must have worked, as Vale came out much better following the restart and created a lot more chances.
Hannant made it two goals in two games as he netted a brilliant free-kick late on in the tie, though the set piece proved to be merely a consolation.
He spoke us through the goal: "My free-kicks had been good all night so I felt confident taking it.
"I saw the 'keeper go to the left so I thought I'd go over the wall - I had to get it over four giants!
"Luckily it's gone in but it goes to nothing really - it's disappointing not to get the win."