Craig Levein admitted his side never really got going in the 0-0 home draw with Ross County.
The Staggies missed a late penalty and the game remained locked in a stalemate until the final whistle.
“It was hard work today," Craig said. "We didn’t really get going at all. Ross County did very well and the longer we went on without dominating, the more we just played safe and it resulted in us continually playing it long.
"I understand it, if you’re not confident then the ball goes forward quicker but it doesn’t help us."
The manager did find a positive in the debut of Aidy White - playing his first competitive game since January 2017.
"I’m pleased that Aidan wasn’t punished for his mistake. He showed his good things today after over two years out so I’m glad he didn’t end up ruing that mistake.
"It’s a long time to be out the game but he did more than enough today to show he can be very useful for us."
The manager also revealed that the substitution of Steven Naismith at half-time was not down to anything serious.
“Naisy was feeling his hamstring, he came off before there was any damage, so I don’t know if he’ll be fine for next week but it was precautionary."