Boss Derek McInnes today insisted he did not have to read the riot act to the Dons at half-time against St Johnstone.
Aberdeen were poor in the opening 45 minutes at Perth and were trailing Saints 1-0.
Performance levels improved considerably in the second half from the Dons, who netted through a Niall McGinn free-kick to salvage a 1-1 draw.
It was more points dropped by Aberdeen. They have won just once in five Premiership games and now trail leaders Hearts by nine points.
McInnes said: “It wasn’t a case of having a go at them as there was plenty of honesty and effort from the players, who were trying to do the right things.
“But we are here to get results.
“It is not just about being the better team or playing well, it is about getting the job done.
“And laying a glove on them and trying to land a punch on them in the penalty box and we didn’t. In the second half we were much better and far more of what we needed.”
That struggle to “lay a glove” on the opponents in the penalty area has been an on-going theme so far this season with the club’s recognised strikers scoring just two goals so far.
Stevie May, a £400,000 signing last summer, has scored once and teenage centre-forward Bruce Anderson has also found the back of the net.
On-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson has struggled with a tight hamstring and has featured just once as a substitute since his switch from the Premier League giants.
Ultimately it came down to winger McGinn producing a moment of magic from a dead-ball situation to salvage a draw and prevent a second straight loss following the 2-0 defeat to Kilmarnock.
McInnes said: “That was always a trademark of Niall’s, being able to come up with big moments in a game to score in those type of situations.
“It was a fantastic goal and just what we needed.
“Niall had been close as keepers have made good saves and he had also hit the bar and post a couple of times
“After that goal St Johnstone then tried to stem the tide as the momentum was with us.
“A draw is not the result we wanted.
“When you go away from home to a tough venue, with St Johnstone doing all right this season, we will take our point.”
Aberdeen had seven players injured and Mikey Devlin suspended for the trip to Perth.
Midfielder Lewis Ferguson was ruled out 24 hours before kick-off with a knee injury sustained in training and remains a doubt for Saturday’s game with Motherwell at Pittodrie.
Devlin will return to face the Steelmen after a one-game suspension.
McInnes hopes striker Wilson will be in contention to make his first start for the Dons at the weekend.
Also ruled out through injury at Perth were Mark Reynolds (knee), Tommie Hoban (shoulder), Scott Wright (ankle), Frank Ross (back) and Greg Tansey (groin).