Derek McInnes 'didn't recognise' Aberdeen team that lost to Inverness
The table-topping Dons were handed their first defeat of the Premiership season in the Highlands.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes claimed his side were unrecognisable from the team who had won their first eight games of the Premiership season as they conceded their 100 per cent record in the Highlands.
A 2-1 loss away to Inverness CT came after a tepid first-half display that allowed the hosts to take firm control.
Goals through Miles Storey and Ryan Christie delivered a second league win of the season for Inverness, with Aberdeen's reply coming from Ash Taylor.
McInnes had no complaints about the outcome, on the balance of play, but had plenty of bones to pick with his players.
"In the first 45 minutes I didn't recognise my team. We were second best all over the pitch," said McInnes.
"Ryan Christie lit the place up and we never got to grips with him. Even though we dominated the second half, I feel the better team won the game."
McInnes criticised his side for losing poor goals and believed Taylor's goal before the break masked Aberdeen's deficiencies in their first-half showing.
Saves from Danny Ward kept the Dons in the game in the first period, denying Liam Polworth and Christie as the home side sought to extend their lead.
"In my time here, with the disappointment of semi-finals, it's the poorest first half I've seen," said McInnes.