Mark Reynolds reckons the Dons have to take the positives from their defeat to Celtic.
Aberdeen went down 3-0 at Parkhead on Saturday, but the scoreline was a harsh reflection of a game during which the Reds matched their opponents for the vast majority of it.
Despite that, though, it means the Dons still have to look back to October 2004 for their last league win at Celtic Park.
This latest defeat also sees Aberdeen drop eight points behind the Hoops at the top of the Premiership.
But with Partick Thistle coming to Pittodrie tomorrow, Reynolds believes the need to take positives from the Celtic loss.
Reflecting on the defeat, the 30-year-old said: “It’s hugely disappointing and that’s the overriding feeling because we put so much into it.
“We worked so hard off the ball, I thought we were good going forward, we controlled parts of the game.
“We’ve gone there and ultimately two deflections and a bad back-pass from Kenny McLean has cost us.
“That happpens against Celtic, if you give them chances they score goals.
“I think we can come away from that and take a lot of positives.
“There were some good individual performances and some good passages of play.
“But it’s just hugely disappointing with the result.”
At the start of the second half, Celtic came into the game more and when they got their second goal it left the Dons with an uphill struggle to take something from the game.
Reynolds believes bad fortune and a failure to take chances in the first half ended up costing Derek McInnes’ side.
The centre-back added: “It wasn’t intentional sitting back in the second half, it was just the flow of the game.
“We used a lot of energy pressing high in the first half then we lose the goal, which is obviously going to deflate you a bit.
“Then we come out in the second half and I don’t think we started the way we wanted to.
“We kind of let them get in the ascendancy and pin us in.
“I thought we were still taking the ball and still creating chances and then we lose the second one and I think it’s one of those goals that just saps you.
“If we’d scored to make it one each then we would have got a huge lift and it would have been a different game.
“But I think when that second one goes in and you’ve worked so hard, you start feeling it, boys start dropping and it’s an uphill battle.
“When the third goes in it just compounds it – so it’s a hard one to take.
“I think if we take our chances or get it back to one each it’s a completely different game.
“We played well for large parts of it, but if you go there and don’t get the break of the ball that’s what can happen.”
After a competitive first period, Brendan Rodgers’ side took the lead five minutes before half-time.
Mikael Lustig’s shot from 20 yards looked easy enough for keeper Joe Lewis to deal with.
But it deflected off Dominic Ball, which wrong-footed the goalie and the end result was the ball looping into the net.
The Dons continued to be competitive in the second half, but the game changed midway through.
Kenny McLean saw a 20-yard strike deflected inches wide for a corner and, from Greg Stewart’s delivery, Kari Arnason headed just over the bar from six yards.
After Aberdeen being so close to levelling twice in 30 seconds, Celtic went up the other end and grabbed the killer second goal.
Reynolds met Scott Sinclair’s cross and was trying to head it behind for a corner, but the ball hit the back-tracking Arnason before it could go out and bobbled across the six-yard area, with former Don Jonny Hayes waiting to tap home.
On the second goal, which finished the game as a contest, Reynolds said: “It was one of those ones where it has come in late, Arnie is tracking back and it’s a header that 99 times out of a 100 would go out for a corner, but it hits off him and falls perfectly.
“It killed the game for us.”
With 14 minutes left, McLean was short with a back-pass to Lewis, which allowed Olivier Ntcham to round the keeper and complete the scoring.
The result ended up being the same as the meeting between the teams in October at Pittodrie, but Reynolds believes Saturday’s performance did not merit the same 3-0 scoreline as October’s clash.
“I think we acquitted ourselves a lot better than that one,” he said.
“We came out and we gave a good showing and there’s large parts of the game we can take positives from.
“We’re lucky that it’s Christmas and that you don’t really get a chance to dwell on it.
“There’s games coming thick and fast and we move on to the next game now and concentrating on getting six points and setting us up nicely for the break.”
Aberdeen have now lost nine successive games against the Glasgow side.
The latest loss was Reynolds’ first appearance since November 26 and, despite the result, he was pleased to be back.
He said: “It was good to get a run, good to get 90 minutes and good to get back in and play.
“I think it was obviously disappointing we couldn’t get result, but it was nice to be involved again.
“It’s always a case of just being ready because we have got a strong squad and strong teams.
“You could be needed at any point.
“So you just have to keep yourself ready, do a lot of work with the fitness coach.
“I felt strong and I felt fit and good for 90 minutes.”