Wasps director of rugby Dai Young thinks his charges were brought back down to earth with a bang as they suffered a 41-27 loss to Exeter on Saturday.
The defeat on home soil came on the back of an excellent start to the season for Wasps, who recently stunned Toulon in the Champions Cup.
But against the Chiefs they were caught cold as a Thomas Waldrom hat-trick inspired Exeter to a fantastic win that hurt Wasps boss Young.
"When people keep on saying nice things about you, it tends to kick you where it hurts and today was a real leveller and brought us back down to earth," said Young.
"We were beaten by a very good Exeter team that looked to be quite honestly better than us in all departments, sometimes you just have to put your hand up and say that."
He added: "We were hugely disappointing in the driving at the lineout and that is something we pride ourselves on, I don't think we've had a lineout try scored against us all season and today Exeter made it look easy.
"You've got to give them credit but in saying that we have to be better than we were today and as you say it tends to happen when people start saying nice things about you and you have to be careful not to believe it."