Derek McInnes has been left to question whether his Aberdeen side had gone for the kill too early in their defeat to Hibs.
A double from Martin Boyle and a superb Florian Kamberi strike in the second half sealed the 3-0 win for Hibs after a fine second half. It was a stark contrast from the compact first half with very few chances for either side.
It was a difficult second 45 for the Dons. It drops them into fourth and ends their seven-game unbeaten run which stretched back to the 4-0 defeat to Celtic.
McInnes says he changed the system during the game and wonders whether that left Aberdeen open: “Possibly we are guilty of going for it a bit too early if I look back on it.
“You could clearly see us go 3-4-1-2. We tied down their full-backs with Leigh and Hedges and our three centre backs still had to deal with their front two. But we were a man light in the middle of park as a consequence of trying to force the issue.
““I think you can clearly see we did a lot right in the game. We were getting into some good areas. Unfortunately for us they were far more clinical with their opportunities than what we were, and they picked us off.
“We wanted more of an attacking threat. The system I went with was a system that you see a lot when you play against a team who play a diamond.
“We had to try and force the issue. There was 25 minutes to go and I still thought the game was there to be won. Even a 2-0 we moved the ball about well. I thought there something for us in the game, if we could have take our opportunities.
“Big Sam has had three or four chances today. Normally he is far more deadly than that. So a combination of not defending well enough around our box in the second half, and not taking our chances, has culminated in a 3-0 defeat.”