Yeovil Town made an early exit from this season's Carling Cup competition as they lost by two goals to nil at St James' Park tonight.
Paul Tisdale's men won their first tie in thirteen attempts at this stage of the competition and on balance, probably just about deserved their victory.
After Saturday's two goal defeat at Brentford, manager Terry Skiverton opted for four changes to his line-up that started at Griffin Park. Max Ehmer and Bondz N'Gala dropped from the squad through knocks and were replaced by Anthony Edgar and Curtis Haynes-Brown with the latter dropping into a back three with Paul Huntington and Paul Wotton.
Luke Ayling and Nathan Jones provided the width down the flanks while up front, Town continued with a two man attack, this time comprising Rory Fallon and Andy Williams who came in for Steve MacLean and Jonathan Obika.
The first half was a curious affair with Exeter shading the possession, both sides having equal opportunities to score but the game not really catching fire at all.
The first real sight of goal saw Chris Shephard drive a 20-yard low free kick straight at Jed Steer after Gavin Williams had been penalised for a handball.
The best move of the first half from either side involved Fallon and Ed Upson who switched the ball out wide to Jones. His low cross was swept just wide by Andy Williams twelve yards out.
Almost immediately, City replied with Richard Logan sliding in a shot just wide of Jed Steer's left hand post but injuring his hamstring in the process, his last contribution to the match.
Huntington then headed at Grecians keeper Artur Krysiak before the closest either side came to scoring in the first period. Substitute Guillem Bauza, on for Logan had already fired over but the ex-Swansea star came even closer when his spin and shot thumped against the base of the post and away to safety.
The Glovers then had a good spell when Gavin Williams fired over, Fallon nodded wide from Ayling's deep cross and Edgar's attempted volley fell kindly for Krysiak.
Duffy then fired a shot way over when a corner kick from ex-Glover loanee David Noble fell to him in the box while at the other end, Andy Williams' shot lacked power after Fallon's layoff.
The final half-effort came on the whistle when Noble's attempted cross landed on top of Steer's net.
Liam Sercombe had the first chance of the second period but shot wide and team-mate Nicholas Bignall forced Steer into a good save after creating space for himself down the right hand side.
Yeovil fans behind the goal thought they had taken the lead on 57 minutes when Andy Williams did well, cut inside and fired a low shot that rippled the side netting. It was Williams' last contribution as he was then replaced by debutant Kieran Agard (pictured above).
The game then really opened up for a ten minute spell out of keeping with the earlier part of the game. Sercombe hit another effort well wide and Bauza also saw a shot arrow wide while in between, Duffy cleared a Huntington goalbound header off the line.
The goal was coming and it duly arrived just after the hour mark. Bignall's running straight at the defence caused problems and his layoff was driven into the net by Bauza, leaving Steer helpless.
City were motoring now and Chris Shephard shot three yards wide from the edge of the box and Sercombe blazed over when it seemed easier to score from six yards out as the Grecians pushed for the killer second.
Jon Obika came on for Fallon but the next action was at the other end as a brilliant, last ditch tackle from Huntington foiled Sercombe as he was about to pull the trigger.
With eight minutes left, the Glovers had the ball in the net through a snap finish from Agard but referee Roger East disallowed the "goal" for a push on keeper Krysiak.
As the clock ticked down, supporters from both sides chanted the name of former Glover and Grecian, Adam Stansfield, who tragically passed away a year ago this week through bowel cancer.
And "Stanno", a product of youth football in Devon, would have enjoyed the second goal that sealed the tie and a place in the second round draw. Youth teamer Tom Nicholls sprinted down the right as the Glovers pushed forward and squared for his young team mate Shephard to finish well.