Cut out silly errors, says Port Vale's Anthony Griffith
Anthony Griffith believes Port Vale are in danger of wasting a promising start to the League Two season by making too many basic errors.
Vale dropped to eighth on Saturday, their third loss in five league games.
"It's this stage of the season where you need to be picking up points," the midfielder told BBC Radio Stoke. "You can't be losing too many games.
"The games that we've lost so far have been due to our own errors."
The Montserrat international continued: "I don't blame the manager or the coaching staff at all, it's us [the players] that are on the pitch and it's our mistakes that are being made. We're not being coached to make mistakes."
Vale collected eight points from their opening four matches and were third in the table following consecutive wins against Plymouth and Bradford.
However, Micky Adams' side made a poor start to the game on Saturday and were 2-0 down inside 14 minutes against Shrewsbury.
Striker Ben Williamson netted his first two goals for the club but it was not enough to prevent defeat.
"We caused our own problems and it's disappointing," said Griffith. "I thought we were back at it after the result on Tuesday but it wasn't to be. We let ourselves down in the first 15 minutes."
Vale make the short trip to local rivals Crewe Alexandra, who have won four of their last five league matches, on Saturday.