Paul Tisdale took the positives from his side’s performance despite the Grecians falling to a 4-1 defeat at home to Luton Town.
Three quick goals in the second half from Nathan Jones’ side took the match away from City who had created a host of chances in the first half, and could count themselves unfortunate not to go into the break with a lead.
Jake Taylor had cancelled out James Collins' opener as the Grecians created a host of opportunities but were unable to find the net more than once.
Tis said: “It was a fabulous performance which manifested itself in a 4-1 defeat. If we play that game 50 times we wouldn’t have that result.
“We move on, very quickly, I’ve congratulated the players on such a good performance with a five or ten-minute crazy spell which ended in us conceding three goals.”
Tis felt that if the visitors had gone into the half-time break behind they could have no complaints as the likes of Jayden Stockley, Reuben Reid and Taylor caused a number of problems for the Town defence.
He continued: “I don’t think Luton would have been disappointed if we had gone in at half-time with at least a couple of goals lead because we created so many good chances.
“We were so sharp today and so intent on scoring, we almost tried too hard. But we just didn’t put the ball in the net. If ever there was an example of having to take your chances where one team does and the other doesn’t then that was it.”
The City boss also credited Luton for their good finishing and thought the Grecians could have reacted better to going behind.
He said” “They finished nicely. They scored the second from a corner, and we were too confident that based on the previous 49 minutes then it would only be a matter of time. We didn’t regroup like we should have done in that small spell.”
City will now turn their attentions to the visit of Port Vale this Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways and put the result against the Hatters behind them.
He continued: “We have to learn from it. Let’s go onto Saturday and meet it with the same intent.”