ABERDEEN’S poor form continued as they were soundly beaten away at Ross County.
The Dons lost 2-0 at Dingwall to see their losing run extended to four straight games.
Although they remain one point clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, their recent results have dealt a severe blow to their hopes of challenging for the league title.
Celtic can overtake Derek McInnes’ side at the summit when they face Motherwell on Saturday afternoon.
The Dons had made a decent start to the game at the Global Energy Stadium, which saw efforts rom Niall McGinn, Jonny Hayes and David Goodwillie.
However it was not long before the Staggies took control of the game midway through the first-half.
County would deservedly take the lead on 36 minutes, with former Aberdeen skipper Richard Foster playing a key role.
Foster, playing in his first ever game against the Dons, surged into the box from the left-wing. Although he would see his run blocked off, the ball would fall loose to Brian GRAHAM who slotted into the bottom left-hand corner.
McInnes made two changes at half-time to try and get his team going, with Adam Rooney and Shay Logan coming on for Mark Reynolds and Willo Flood.
However five minutes after the restart and it was 2-0 as Paul Quinn was caught out by a long ball forward, with GRAHAM racing through on goal to net his second of the game.
Despite a late attempt to get back into the game, which saw McGinn strike a post, Aberdeen failed to find a way through a stubborn County defence as they fell to another defeat.