Dons boss Derek McInnes claimed fatigue and an Old Firm double header played a role in losing to St Johnstone.
The Reds produced a flat performance and crashed 2-0 at home to Saints to slip back into the Premiership bottom six.
McInnes refused to slate his side for the loss as he reckons facing Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow within four days took its toll.
St Johnstone was the Dons’ third game in six days, having beaten Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday and lost 1-0 to Celtic in the Betfred Cup final on Sunday.
He said: “We looked like a tired team from the exertions of the last two games.
“It was clear that we needed more intensity to the game, more creativity and more speed.
“It wasn’t there and I cannot be too critical of my players.
“I thought fatigue might have come into the St Johnstone game because it was the third in six days.
“It is one we were mindful of, hence why we freshened the team up.
“We needed that bit of speed, creativity and inspiration in that forward area and unfortunately that wasn’t there.”
McInnes made two changes to the starting 11 that defeated Rangers at Ibrox just three days previously.
One was enforced, with Sam Cosgrove suspended, while Niall McGinn was rested and dropped to the bench.
Striker Stevie May, with one goal this season, and winger Scott Wright were brought in.
McInnes said: “The ones who came in to give us a bit of freshness, I don’t think they maybe did enough to give us the impact on the game we were hoping for.
“I think I can be looking for more from those who came in certainly.
“The others had to play with 10 men at Ibrox for long spells and also the Betfred Cup final.
“That takes it out of you when you are playing against good sides.
“We missed some key players and missed creativity and inspiration that any team looks for at home. St Johnstone did us on the set play and from then on in were worthy winners.
“Once they got their noses in front we huffed and puffed, but were devoid of any real ideas or intensity to get back in the game.”
McInnes gave his squad yesterday off to recuperate and will today put them through their paces in preparation for the Pittodrie clash against Livingston tomorrow.
He said: “The players got Sunday off. It is clear for me some of them needed it.
“I can’t be too critical. They are hurting but are normally far better than they showed against St Johnstone in terms of that physical output. For any player to be at their best we have to make sure they are as fresh as possible.
“We will rest them down and look after them again on Monday.
“We will be mindful of the demands coming up and hopefully can give a strong 90 minute performance, rather than just a decent 60 minute performance, and get back to winning ways.”