Manager Gary Caldwell has given his thoughts as the Grecians suffered a 3-2 defeat at relegation rivals Reading on New Year's Day.
Despite pegging the hosts back twice, City were undone by a Femi Azeez second half strike to fall into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
"We gave bad goals away at bad times," Gary said.
"I don't think the overall performance was bad but if you concede three goals the way we did away from home, you give yourself a mountain to climb. There were poor individuals errors for the goals, but some of our play was good. Some of our possession was good but when we lost the ball we looked poor defensively
"The long balls Reading played, we have to defend so much better - the type and timing of the goals, we have to do better.
"A lot of the players were carrying knocks and all credit to them for stepping out on the pitch. We lost Will this morning, and naming Perks on the bench shows where we are as a squad.
"The January window is open now so we have to add depth and quality to the squad."
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