The closest they came to a goal was when Alan Gow had a shot tipped over the bar in the 40th minute, which was Exeter's first effort on target.
"I'm disappointed and I don't want the fact one or two of our senior players didn't play to suggest we took the game lightly because we didn't," Tisdale said.
"I am delighted that we had seven homegrown players on the pitch at full-time and we tried to play football. It just didn't work for us.
"I said to the players that the opposition's game was about lining us up, tackling us hard, counter attacking, not letting us play and working hard off the ball and they did that to the maximum.
"They did that extremely well and you have to give them credit for that. What we set up to do was pass the ball and try and set up opportunities for our attacking players, but we didn't do it well enough, often enough.
"We did late in the game, we fiddled around with it at half-time which worked to an extent, but we didn't have enough shots or bodies in the box. It didn't quite synchronise."
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