Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell thinks his team didn’t even get the basics right against Hibernian at Easter Road.
The Staggies lost 3-0 last night, with the home side’s goals coming from Marc McNulty, Christian Doidge and Adam Jackson.
Kettlewell said: “We were well beaten in the end, it is as simple as that.
“The great frustration comes from the fact that seven days ago we felt we got everything right against Livingston (2-0 win).
“We were right at it and stopped a Livingston team that were on a terrific run by doing the basics really well.
“We never gave ourselves a chance tonight.
“We have to be much harder to play against at a place like this.
“They were able to play through us and create opportunities.”
Kettlewell says the first half performance left County, who are still ninth in the Premiership table in the table but have lost ground on eighth-placed St Johnstone, with a “mountain to climb”.
He added: “We had one or two chances in the first half, but it was probably right that we were 2-0 down at half-time.
“We tried to rectify it but we had a mountain to climb against an opposition like this, especially as they were firing on all cylinders.
“We have a poor away record and for us to get a point or a win on the road it is going to come from a far better foundation than what it was tonight.
“We only made one change from last week’s team and we felt we had something to build on.
“We scored an early goal against Livingston and that gave us a great foundation.
“It is such a tough league and if a team gets their noses in front then it gives you something to play off.
“The problem tonight actually came from the turnovers in possession because of the pace Hibernian have on the counter-attack.
“That was something we had identified before the game.
“We knew their strengths lie at the top end of the end of the pitch.
“We were cheap in possession at times and played the wrong pass which allowed them to create opportunities.”