Port Vale's manager says the club are in a relegation fight after they were beaten 3-0 at home by Colchester.
The Valiants were two down inside the opening 18 minutes.
Courtney Senior and Harry Pell were on target for the visitors.
Pell than added his second on 69 minutes to seal victory for the promotion chasers.
It is now just one win in the last 11 league games for the Vale.
The result leaves them in 19th place in the table just five points above the relegation zone.