Wake-up call for Stanley
Accrington boss Paul Cook felt the 3-0 defeat to Exeter was a reality check for his side.
Alan Gow scored a double and Guillem Bauza added a late third at the Crown Ground to spoil the hosts' 100 per cent start to the campaign.
Cook said: "It's down to earth with a bump. It's an unforgiving league and we are a young team who will make mistakes - and we did. All we can do is keep working hard and hope we respond well.
"We have no complaints, we were beaten by the better side and the players will have to be some soul searching.
"Perhaps they believed the hype before the game after two wins but it is a long season and there is a lot of learning to do."