Return to pragmatism can help McInnes win Aberdeen's inner fight
Dons boss called on his side to play smarter after draw with Hamilton.
Derek McInnes' call for Aberdeen to play smarter in the wake of his team's 1-1 draw with Hamilton helped highlight their recent struggles on the road.
After taking the lead through Kenny McLean's thumping strike, the Dons were unable to close the game out with the resilience McInnes has worked so hard to establish deserting them as Dougie Imrie scored the equaliser.
The match encapsulated many of Aberdeen's recent issues including shaky defending, a lack of fluidity in attack as well as a lack of accuracy from wider areas.
"Our fight is with ourselves" McInnes mused at New Douglas Park and a look at Aberdeen's away form bares that theory out.
One win in six matches over October and November saw defeats at Inverness CT and Ross County before a 3-1 reverse at Celtic Park. While Aberdeen have claimed 16 points from 21 at Pittodrie, they have taken 13 from 24 on their travels.
Since what appeared a statement win at Tynecastle in late September, Aberdeen have slumped to allow Robbie Neilson's men to leapfrog them into second place and set up a crucial December.
The absence of captain Ryan Jack has hardly helped matters while the early season defensive partnership of Paul Quinn and Ash Taylor has been broken up to accommodate Mark Reynolds return from injury.
As McInnes acknowledged a point away to Accies is not to be sniffed at with only St Johnstone and Celtic leaving New Douglas Park with full points. Returning to his pragmatic coaching roots could be the answer ahead of trips to Dens Park and Rugby Park in December.
"There's still 60-odd points available so it's really early to be too obsessed with other things.
"We just need to manage our own game."
Reclaiming some confidence as well as second place is sure to be high on Aberdeen's early Christmas list.