Port Vale boss John Askey described his team’s FA Cup defeat to King’s Lynn Town as a ‘kick in the teeth’ as they went out at home in the first round.
Vale had chances to take control but couldn’t find a way past the visitors’ 19 year old keeper Archie Mair.
They paid the price on 82 minutes when Adam Marriott wriggled free in the right of the area and pulled the ball back for Carey to fire into the roof of the net from 15 yards.
Vale threw men forward to try to save themselves but could find no way past Ian Culverhouse’s resolute side.
Askey said Dave Worrall’s second-half goal should not have been ruled out for offside, when the game was goalless, but said that didn’t excuse the overall performance from his team.
He said: “We had enough chances to win but, if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net, you are always susceptible to a breakaway and that is what happened.
“It is always a possibility if you don’t score but that was their only break, their only shot at goal in the second half.
“We have to be better. It is a kick in the teeth but you have to overcome that, we have to move on from it.
“There was a lot of things today. I thought one or two weren’t quite at it. Having said that we still made a lot of chances and scored a perfectly good goal. But when it’s not your day, things like that can happen.”
As for Worrall’s disallowed second-half goal, he said: “It was onside but we can’t do anything about it.
“We still have to be better, I am not making excuses. We had a lot of chances – I think 17 shots on goal against their three – but it just wasn’t going to happen for us.
“There are a lot of things we could have done better but it is still a game we should have won, even though we weren’t at our best.”
King’s Lynn pick up £16,972 in prize money while Vale get £5,657. Askey said there was no point playing down the significance of the defeat as Vale miss out on potential prize money or television fees further on in the competition.
He added: “The more money we can get in the better because we are not getting money through the gates. It was a massive game for us from that point of view so I am bitterly disappointed.”