Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has admitted that his team just didn’t defend well enough in the recent 4-1 loss to Ross County. The Pittodrie side put in one of their worst performances of the season in the game. They were a goal down after a minute, and found it hard to recover.

McInnes refused to criticise his team’s work rate following the game, but he was disappointed with how the team dealt with the threat posed by County.

Duo set to return

However, the Dons boss is hopeful that the return to the first-team squad of Ryan Hedges and Greg Leigh can help Aberdeen get back to winning ways.

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Aberdeen’s Ryan Hedges is set to return after a suspension (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It’s a bad afternoon for us, we’ve been pretty consistent throughout this season. We know that if we can win our games in hand it takes us back to third spot. We’ve still got loads to play for” McInnes stated.

“Can’t dress this up”

“But we can’t dress this up. It’s been a horrible afternoon. But, I’m not going to go and lambaste my players. Their attitude in terms of their work rate was absolutely fine. You’ve got to defend certain situations far better than what we did.

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Greg Leigh in action for Aberdeen (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I’m disappointed with the manner of the goals that we lost. It’s very hard to look at any sort of positives. We’ll dust ourselves down, move on to next week, and hopefully get a positive result. Ryan (Hedges) being back will be a bonus, Greg Leigh potentially being back will help things” he concluded.

Aberdeen return to action on Saturday with a home game against Motherwell.

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