Exeter boss Paul Tisdale says "suicidal" defending cost City the chance of beating Plymouth Argyle.
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"I'm very critical of, in isolation, three bits of very poor defending. If I want to sum it up I would say it was suicide," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.
"To defend that way made the game almost impossible. We weren't that far below par."
The defeat was Exeter's first at home to Plymouth in the Football League since September 2001 and stretched City winless run to six games.
"It was a really disappointing afternoon," Tisdale added.
"In these situations my job is always to make sure emotion doesn't taint how I speak about my team.
"They were very committed, we just didn't do enough to win. We just defended, in three very important moments, very poorly."