Aberdeen manager Craig Brown bemoaned his side's inability to preserve a two-goal lead in the 2-2 draw with St Mirren at Pittodrie.
Goals from Scott Vernon and Rory Fallon put the Dons in command, but Kenny McLean pulled one back for Saints and Graham Carey struck an equaliser.
The home side also had Fraser Fyvie sent off in the second half.
"We have ourselves to blame. When you're two up at home, you shouldn't end up drawing 2-2," said Brown.
"I think there were mitigating circumstances with some of the incidents in the game, but I'm not going to begin to criticise because I could end up in trouble."
Brown did not rush to the defence of midfielder Fyvie.
"If he used foul language to the assistant, he deserves to be sent off," said his manager. "He'll learn from that, you can't do that.
"I've heard that kind of thing in the middle of the pitch to the referee in many games gone unpunished by a red card.
"He was disappointed as quite a number of us were with some of the things that were going on.
"His inexperience prompted him to make the wrong judgement and say the wrong thing."
Brown questioned the award that led to St Mirren's equaliser.
"It was a softly conceded free-kick if it was one and the strike was excellent," he added after his team moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League on goal difference.
"You could see that we've got capability in the team, I've always said that.
"We're not as bad as people are making us out to be and I'm sure the boys will confirm that in the next couple of games."