Exeter boss Paul Tisdale cannot explain his side's exit from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after their 2-1 defeat to Swindon.
All Exeter had to show for their efforts was Daniel Nardiello's brilliant chip but, despite a late onslaught, the Grecians did not have enough to force an equaliser after Jake Jervis had struck twice for Swindon.
"There is not much you can say after a mistake like that. He knows it and there was no need to hold his hand up because we all felt for him," Tisdale said.
"I just said to him to forget it and get on with the game, which he did and he had a very good second half.
"It feels like a give-away really. The second goal was an obvious mistake and I don't know what else to say really. We didn't play too bad and didn't make too many mistakes, but we lost and we obviously weren't quite good enough.
"I couldn't really ask for much more other than we could have reacted a bit quicker in the box to one or two things, but we certainly gave it a good go and I can't fault them for their effort."