Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury admitted his first defeat as a manager was painful but conceded Exeter deserved their 2-0 win.
Richard Logan and Jamie Cureton scored the goals as Bournemouth were second best all over the park to leave their rookie boss in reflective mood.
He said: "I thought Exeter played very well and a lot better than we did. We are a footballing team and that is our forte and we are good at it, but we gave the ball away a little too much to be honest."
Bradbury continued: "You can't play great every game and it is one of those things. When me and Steve Fletcher took over, if someone had offered us one defeat in 11 we would have snapped their hand off.
"It`s just a blip hopefully. The lads weren't quite at it and Exeter were brilliant I thought and you have to take your hat off to them.
"It's my first loss as a manager and it hurts. It`s certainly something I don't want to make a habit of, but as I said to the lads, let it hurt you.
Exeter boss Paul Tisdale felt his side deserved the victory after a battling display.
He said: "It was a hard-fought win but I am very, very pleased with the win. It was an energetic and battling performance, a simple performance, but a good one nonetheless. We played some good football off the back of it.
"We came up against a team that wanted to win, wanted to attack, wanted to pass and wanted to force the game and that simplified our task and brought the best out in the players.
"The energy of the side was just fantastic, the midfield trio were just fantastic with their energy. I hasten to add that it was the first time we have played on a firm pitch since December so there is no surprise that we had a lively game."
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