PAUL Tisdale felt the 4-2 scoreline in Exeter City's defeat at Burton Albion was harsh on his side – especially the defence, who have been praised for their recent performances.
The City back line went into the match full of confidence having kept three consecutive clean sheets and only conceded one goal from open play in 2013.
However, 20 minutes into the match at the Pirelli Stadium they found themselves two goals down as the in form Jacques Maghoma was allowed to send in two crosses that Michael Symes and Marcus Holmes profited from.
It got worse for the Grecians as Maghoma then hit an excellent 20-yard shot into the top corner on 34 minutes.
Then Lee Bell let fly with a fierce 25-yard drive which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar to leave City trailing 4-0 after 60 minutes.
"I think it was slightly hard on us," said Tisdale. "I have to say we made some minor errors that led to the first two goals.
"So we weren't faultless at all, but then when you get the type of goals that they scored for their third and fourth goal, there is little you can do about it. Sometimes you just have to accept that is what happens.
"We certainly should have done better during the first two goals and at 2-0 the game was then quite a long way away from us."
Tisdale did take some positives from the match, including the fact his side tried to stage an unlikely comeback with two quick-fire goals.
On 70 minutes Guillem Bauza netted his second goal of the season as the ball fell to him in the box and he drove a shot past Stuart Tomlinson.
And four minutes later substitute Matt Oakley crossed for Scot Bennett to head in City's second. And while City failed to create anything of note after that the spirit pleased Tisdale.
"I liked our revival in the second half," he said.
"We showed some belief and some confidence that we could turn back a big score line, but overall it was just one of those occasions where you have to accept that you can't have it all your own way."
It was City's first league defeat on the road since late October when they lost 3-0 away at Cheltenham Town.
And despite that also being a heavy away-day loss, Tisdale says the two performances were very different.
"Against Cheltenham we were too stretched and left ourselves open, I don't think we necessarily did that against Burton on Saturday," he said.
"You do get these games. I am hoping that it was an anomaly in the second half of the season and I don't think we need to be too down-hearted with our defending after one game.
"The team now have to reassert themselves and knuckle down and we will see what happens and I think we have got a lot to play for."