Pat Fenlon admitted Hibernian deserved nothing from their 2-0 defeat at home by Aberdeen.
Scott Vernon and Gregg Wylde both scored in the last 10 minutes to grab all three points for the Dons, but Fenlon said his men could have no complaints.
"We got what we deserved, we didn't play well enough," Fenlon told BBC Scotland.
"Aberdeen were the better side and deserved to win the game."
Hibs had been looking to continue where they left off in their 1-1 draw against Celtic last weekend, but rarely got going against Derek McInnes's side.
James Collins spurned Hibs best chance when Jamie Langfield took a fresh air swipe at the ball, the summer signing puttinh his shot wide.
That came after Scott Vernon had already put the visitors in front with a stunning effort, and Gregg Wylde sealed the points in time added on.
"As a team and a unit we didn't get in about them enough," said Fenlon. "It was just a poor day from us.
"We're disappointed with that because we had a good result against Celtic and we wanted to try back that up with a decent win here.
"We've lost one game in our last nine. Give us a bit of credit, we've been on a great run.
"We're not looking for excuses, we didn't play well enough, simple as that."
Hibs now face a Scottish League Cup quarter-final in midweek at home to Hearts, and Fenlon says his men must forget the defeat to their Edinburgh rivals earlier in the season if they are to bounce back.
"We'll be looking to get to the semi-final," he added. "We're not worried about what's gone on before.
"We were really competitive against Celtic, but we didn't get to that level today and that is probably more disappointing than anything."