Joe Lewis has called on Aberdeen players to give striker Sam Cosgrove a helping hand following the 3-0 loss to Hibs.

The Dons were swept aside at Easter Road following a superb second half showing from the home side. It leaves Derek McInnes’ men fourth in the table.

A dull day for the Dons. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

It was a disappointing day for the Red Army, especially after such a strong second half against Rangers earned them a 2-2 draw. This result may have brought them back down to earth.

Captain Lewis has now said Aberdeen’s players must do more to help 18-goal Cosgrove. He believes others have to step up and take some responsibility off the 23-year-old’s shoulders.

“At the other end of the pitch we rely heavily on Sam’s goals,” Lewis said. The whole team needs to help and alleviate that responsibility from him.

A rally cry. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“Scoring the first goal for them was important. The opening goal gave Hibs a big lift. They got a lift from the crowd and we did not respond with enough quality to trouble them or force their keeper to do anything special.

“We felt like we were chasing the game after that and maybe left ourselves a big exposed. We still tried to play positively and went with an attacking formation, but we left ourselves a bit open and were not as well organised as we should have been in defence.

““Hibs were clinical. And we were not. I don’t think the scoreline was a refection of the game but they put the ball in the net three times.

Aberdeen captain Lewis was helpless against Hibs. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“Football is not really about what you do between the 18 yards boxes. They had that quality to score the three goals and we were not able to stop that or cause them enough problems when we went forward.

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