Defender Scott McKenna today claimed there are no excuses for losing to St Johnstone and dropping back into the bottom six.
Aberdeen crashed 2-0 to Saints to end a week where they had also faced Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow.
It was a third game in six days but McKenna insists fatigue, suspensions nor injured players are an excuse for the defeat.
He also accepts Aberdeen’s on-going lack of goals is now a concern – but remains confident they will fix that problem. He said: “We cannot use tiredness as an excuse.
“We like to pride ourselves on being one of the fittest teams in the league.
“We are not going to use tiredness, or injured players or suspended players as an excuse.
“The squad we have got here should be more than capable of beating anyone in this league.
“It was bitterly disappointing after the performances in the last two games have been reasonably high.
“To lose in the manner we did without really putting up a fight in the second half was really disappointing.
“We will all sit down and have a hard look at what needs to be done and worked on for the next game.”
That next game comes tomorrow with the Dons hosting Livingston in the Premiership.
Aberdeen have lost three of their last four and have scored only once in that run, a McKenna strike to dump Rangers 1-0.
Asked if the lack of goals was a concern, he said: “We are in December now and it has happened far too many times so there probably is a bit of concern.
“But trust me, we won’t stop working hard at trying to solve the problem. That could be someone just taking the chance to go on the end of a cross or a chance.
“If we take the lead I would back us not to lose it, but it is hard when we are hanging on to a 0-0 all the time. In the final third we don’t create enough, it has been like that for the majority of the season.
“We might score five in one game but it is not good enough to do that then go three or four weeks without really carrying a threat.
“If we score I am more than confident we will hang onto a lead. However, it is all about trying to get that lead in the first place.
“Max Lowe has put in a number of unbelievable balls this season but there is no-one gambling to get on the end of it.
“Against St Johnstone we should have carried more of a threat than we did.”
Aberdeen’s three senior strikers have netted just five goals between them this season – James Wilson (2), Stevie May (1) and Sam Cosgrove (2).
Rising Pittodrie youth graduate Bruce Anderson has netted twice.
McKenna accepts the blame does not just lie with the final third as the Dons’ defence were also culpable against Saints.
The opener came direct from a corner where Joe Shaughnessy was allowed a free header to score.
McKenna said: “It was a sloppy goal we lost from a set piece that should probably never have happened. Us as defenders also need to take responsibilities as well at set pieces to get on the end of it.
“Corners are something we work on all the time and we are designated with the men we are meant to pick up. It was probably a soft corner to give away in the first place. But when the ball comes in we need to defend it better.”
Victory at Ibrox elevated Aberdeen back into the Premiership top six.
It was a short stay as just days later following defeat to Saints they are now in the bottom half.
Is McKenna confident the Reds can rise back into the top and stay there?
“Definitely,” he said. “We have six more games before the winter break and they are all games we are capable of winning.”
The first step towards achieving that will be Livingston tomorrow.
McKenna said: “Livingston have done really well this season and it will be a battle.”