Exeter manager Paul Tisdale refuses to blame the club's early-season injury crisis for their poor form.
Striker Guillem Bauza is out with a hamstring injury while Liam Sercombe and John O'Flynn are both long-term absentees, leaving the Grecians without three crucial players.
But Tisdale, looking to arrest a run of one League One win in five, said: "It's not just the injuries that have effected our shape.
"I have changed the pattern and tried to adapt things to be more effective and it has not been successful.
"We have to keep faith with what we do and ride this period.
"With O'Flynn, Bauza and Sercombe all missing, that is our cutting edge. But there we go. That's life."