Derek McInnes says Aberdeen were punished by a ruthless Hibs side as they pushed for a way into the game.

Martin Boyle scored just after the restart to hand Hibs the lead before he added a second shortly afterwards. Florian Kamberi’s terrific solo goal undone all the hard work Aberdeen had put into the first half and left them with a 3-0 deficit.

McInnes’ side were easily beaten by Hibs. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The result brings an end to a seven-game unbeaten run stretching back to their 4-0 defeat to Celtic. It also brings them back down to fourth after Motherwell’s win over Hearts.

Speaking after the game, McInnes says the game doesn’t feel like a 3-0 defeat: “In the first half I thought we were nice and compact and the game was very stretched out.

“It felt like a game of basketball, they had a go, we had a go. I thought we had the better of the opportunities and we were forcing their keeper into saves. We’re just bemoaning the fact that we needed to show more quality in the final third.

A tough afternoon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Hibs have been a wee bit anxious at home as of late and we thought if we got that first goal it would have a major bearing on the game. Boyle’s punished us emphatically.

“I still expect the defending to be better in these situations. It was all a bit too easy for them and it’s disappointing. I thought you could see we were doing a lot of things right.

“It didn’t feel like a 3-0 game. I thought the game was pretty even up until their second goal and we’ve been countered again for the third goal. They put us to the sword.”

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