Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says his side's first-half profligacy in front of goal cost them dear in their 1-0 loss at Carlisle.
City had a number of chances before the break, but Carlisle raised their game in the second half to seal victory.
"We had numerous balls in the six-yard box, numerous chances and we didn't take them," he told BBC Radio Devon.
"Second half, they got on top, they're entitled to alter their game, and we got stuck a little."
The defeat saw City slip out of the top half of League Two, having won just one of their last seven games.
"When you're away from home, if you have the lion's share of the attacking space, which we did in the first half, and you don't take advantage of it, you're running the risk of what happened," said Tisdale.
"We got into promising positions frequently, but it's football and you see it a lot.
"For that first 35-40 minutes we definitely had the game by the scruff of the neck, but you're not going to get that for 90 minutes."