Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said his side’s lack of a killer touch proved vital as they suffered a first home defeat since the end of September on Saturday.
The Shrimps missed two glorious chances to open the scoring against an in-form Exeter and were made to pay as veteran striker Jamie Cureton bagged a brace to give the Grecians their 10th away win of the season.
Bentley said: “We went into the game full of confidence after two away wins and I thought we started off well.
“We had two great chances but didn’t take them and ultimately that proved vital because if we had scored one of those Exeter would have had to change their game plan considerably.
“They would have had to open up a bit and I am sure that would have left gaps that we could exploit.
“They scored with their first good chance and that was the turning moment of the game.
“To give them credit they played well after that and did their jobs and did to us what we did to York the week before and added to the scoreline which gave it a bit flattering look and didn’t tell the whole story of the game.”