BOSS Neal Ardley conceded his team paid the price for a slow start at Exeter City and could have few complaints about the loss of their unbeaten league record.
They trailed as early as the 11th minute to a goal from John O'Flynn, who added a second on 36 minutes as the Dons struggled.
"We were so off the pace in the first half," Ardley conceded. "We were one-paced, they played at theirs and it was twice as good as us."
"It's eally disappointing. I'm not going to defend the boys. If we were unlucky to lose I would say so but they were the better team."
"I said to the players that one thing that is high on the list are the givens, which are energy, pace, desire and one v one battles. We need to be able to master them. They [Exeter] did the rubbish side of the game and we didn't. We can't turn up in this league thinking we don't need to do the givens."
Alan Bennett came off with a hamstring strain in the first half and could be a doubt for next Saturday's home game against Scunthorpe. The defender did not train all week because of calf and achilles injuries.