Graham Alexander cut a frustrated figure after watching his Fleetwood side throw away a lead and their unbeaten run in a 2-1 loss to Exeter.
With five men at the back the Grecians frustrated their high-flying hosts before hitting them late on the counter.
It paid dividends, Scot Bennett's double within five second-half minutes cancelling out Matty Blair's opener.
The Cod Army had won their previous four games, and Alexander said: "It was a frustrating afternoon.
"First half they played to frustrate us which you can understand with our recent form.
"The two goals we're not happy with.
"We've taken the lead and taken a backward step.
"We tried to protect the 1-0 rather than playing the same."