Port Vale caretaker manager Mark Grew warned his players their places are in jeopardy after the 1-1 draw with Hereford.
Grew was in charge for the first time since Jim Gannon was sacked on Monday and saw substitute Tom Pope save a point with a stoppage-time header after James McQuilkin had given Hereford the lead with a stunner.
He said: "I'm delighted with the point because it looked like it was going to be a 1-0 defeat and a poor result. Who knows how important that point might be in four or five weeks?
"Hereford made it difficult for us and you can see why they are better away from home. They played five in midfield and cut off our supply to the front two and we struggled to create chances.
"Some of the players I thought would perform didn't do very well and they will be looking over their shoulders as we prepare for Saturday's game against Bury. Some of them hadn't played for a while, but I'm not looking for excuses.
"I haven't had the time to train them and plan as I wanted, but time is something we haven't got a lot of because we've got to turn things around quickly. What happened before I took charge has gone now and we've got to move on. We've got to get on the training ground and get sharp again."