Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis says Aberdeen will return from the international break ready to “attack” the end of the season.
Lewis bemoaned the “familiar feeling” of Premiership points dropped at Pittodrie after the Reds drew 1-1 with Livingston.
This stretched the winless league run at home to six matches – a frustrating contrast with Aberdeen’s sparkling away form which has seen them go undefeated since November, beating Rangers in the league and Scottish Cup quarter-final replay along the way.
Having taken the lead against the Lions via Niall McGinn’s volley, the Dons soon conceded a poor goal when a harmless long-range free-kick left them in disarray at the back. Livi skipper Craig Halkett was then able to cross for Craig Sibbald to score.
Lewis said: “It’s a bit too much of a familiar feeling of late at home.
“Again, I didn’t think we played badly, but we knew their threat was going to be from set-plays and defending well.
“But we got the first goal and didn’t hold on to the lead.
“We let them back into the game by conceding a poor goal.
“I think the line was a fraction too deep as the free-kick was taken, then the wind killed the ball.
“We ended up chasing it and a flick did us.
“When you do that against a team like Livingston they’re going to make it difficult for you to win the game.
“We worked very hard for our first goal, played some really good stuff.
“If anyone was going to win it, it would’ve been us, but you have to give them credit the way they defended in the second half.”
Lewis thinks the Dons have struggled to adapt to different types of games of late.
For example, after brilliant counter-attacking away displays, against Celtic at Parkhead – a 0-0 league draw – and the 2-0 win at Ibrox, they couldn’t quite find their rhythm as the team in charge against Livi.
Lewis said: “We need to be a bit more consistent, but they’re very different games we’ve played.
“In this league you get such a variation in the type of game, although not necessarily the level of opposition.
“You need to be able to adapt quickly.
“Again, we played quite well on Saturday, but quite’s not enough and we have to be more clinical at both ends.
“There’s no easy games, because teams come up here bang up for it, looking to get bodies behind and counter attack.
“We need to be more switched on from set-plays especially, not allowing these teams to get a foothold or lifeline in the game.”
Lewis admits to not being a big fan of international shutdowns.
However, with the Dons not in action again until they visit Tynecastle on March 30, Lewis thinks they time off will be useful to get players back fit and ready for the run-in.
Lewis said: “We’d have loved to have gone into the break with a win behind us.
“I’m not a huge fan of international breaks in general – early in the season they come too often and it stops you getting into any sort of routine at the start.
“This one comes at a good time, just before the run in for the end of the campaign.
“Anyone who has any little niggles can rest and it gives the pitches a chance to recover too.
“We come back refreshed and able to attack those last few games.”
The improvements needed for the final part of the league campaign are obvious to Lewis, who added: “We need to make sure we’re not dropping any more points – we see Livi as two points dropped.
“We need to get back on track and get the home form right, like it’s been since I’ve been here.
“Our away form’s excellent, so if we can marry the two we’ll have a good end to the season hopefully.”