Boss Derek McInnes today claimed there is no panic ahead of the Betfred Cup final despite the Dons’ “calamitous” defending at Motherwell.
Aberdeen crashed to a dismal 3-0 loss in the last game before facing Celtic at Hampden on Sunday.
McInnes will demand an immediate response following a woeful Reds performance which he insists was out of character from his squad.
McInnes claims there will be a post-mortem into the defeat before all focus goes on to the bid to lift silverware at Hampden.
Despite the damaging loss the Pittodrie boss is confident the Dons can follow up the 2014 League Cup success by lifting a trophy on Sunday.
Asked if the Fir Park defeat was a concern ahead of the final, McInnes said: “It is not worrying because I know we are capable of better and we normally produce better.
“We are in a cup final for a reason because we are a good team but we weren’t a good team against Motherwell.
“We are in the final on merit but have work to do.
“We need more responsibility and a better level of performance individually.
“I will be looking for a reaction from my team to that performance.
“My players are honest. And they are honest with themselves on the back of that because it was nowhere near the required level for us.
“In the final the level of performance will need to be far greater.
“The game itself will demand that.
“Normally the bigger the game, the bigger the performance.
“And hopefully the game and occasion on Sunday will bring the best out of my players.
“It is a real opportunity for us to try to take a trophy back.”
Aberdeen essentially gifted Well all three goals with the opener coming directly from a Dons corner kick. But despite the defeat McInnes insists it will not change his preparation for the final.
He said: “We can’t just brush this under the carpet and have to get to the reasons why the levels of performance were not what they should be and what we normally expect from our players.
“We have to be honest and look at this.
“However, it is also important we do not dwell on it too much and we concentrate on what could be a fantastic outcome on Sunday. We have to go there with the belief we can get a result.
“It was a total contrast to how we have been of late where we had real resilience and kept clean sheets. We were well beaten all over the pitch and two of the three goals were calamitous.
“For the first from our corner kick to then 10 seconds later be picking the ball out of our net – it is something you can’t anticipate.
“It is inexcusable.
“The second goal was from a set-play. The third goal was every bit as disappointing as we cleared the first header but didn’t deal with the next one.
“Then there is a ricochet bouncing about and it falls to their man who sticks it away. I didn’t see that level of performance coming after where we have been.”
Aberdeen were without centre-back Mikey Devlin for the loss at Fir Park.
Devlin was ruled out with a foot injury sustained on Scotland duty and still has a chance of being passed fit for the final.
“It would be good to get Michael available for us and hopefully that can be the case,” said McInnes.
“He still has a shot at it.”