The Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has apologised to the club's supporters after an 'indifferent' performance against St Mirren.
The Dons boss blamed their 1-0 loss to the unavailability of key players.
"We were second best and I'm attributing that to the fact that we were five players short of our best team," he said.
"Our resources were stretched today and that was pretty obvious from the performance."
Three changes were enforced on the Dons, with Ryan Jack suspended, Fraser Fyvie and Youl Mawene both injured, and Kari Arnason, Clark Robertson and Josh Magennis included from the start.
"We wouldn't have deserved anything from the game to be honest," Brown said.
"They didn't have many shots on goal, although two glaring heading opportunities in the first half were missed.
"But our new goalkeeper David Gonzalez has still to be called into action in either of our SPL games."
And Brown revealed the players had been spoken to about the lacklustre display at New St Mirren Park.
"We were totally dominant last week and very unlucky. This week we were a shadow of that team.
"I thank the fans for coming and I apologise for an indifferent performance.
"A terrific support deserve better. The players have been left in no doubt on our feelings about that."