MK Dons boss Karl Robinson refused to be too disheartened by his side’s 3-2 loss to Brentford on Saturday afternoon.
Clayton Donaldson’s 90th minute strike capped off a five-goal thriller and saw the Dons fall to their first defeat in ten games as the men from MK1 slip to sixth in League 1, four points off an automatic spot.
Robinson’s men had twice been in control of proceedings thanks to Ryan Lowe and Stephen Gleeson, but Brentford showed they had a sting in their tail.
The two in-form sides played out a barnstorming encounter at Griffin Park as Uwe Rosler’s men came out on top, but Robinson told the media after the game that he and his side would not focus on the negative; instead he was keen to focus on the Dons’ recent form.
The Dons boss said: “I'm disappointed we've lost but I'm proud that the players gave 100 per cent. It wasn't pretty and you're not always going to win games but we'll dust ourselves off and we'll go again.
“This is a tough place to come and play. It was a very even game but I thought they played really well. We had our backs against the wall at times and, although we took the lead twice, we were susceptible to conceding because they've got goals in their side and players that can hurt you.
“But I thought a draw would have been a fair result and that's not being disrespectful to Brentford, I just thought a draw would have probably been fair.
“I've said to the players in the changing room that I've been proud of them a number of times this year. They've come through an awful lot over the last couple of weeks and yet they still have the energy levels and the desire and they deserve a tremendous pat on the back.
“I can accept mistakes, that's a part of life but I won't accept a lack of effort and none of our players lacked effort.”
It was the fifth straight time, in all competitions, that the Dons have failed to record a win against the West London side and it was the third time the Dons have let in 90th minute goals to the Bees at Griffin Park in the past four years.
“That's three times now that we've conceded late goals here that have cost us. David Martin made some great saves today but you've got to hand it to their striker for being on his toes to pounce. We’re disappointed in how they got their first shot off, though, and we’ll need to have a look at that.
“I thought our goals were really well taken but we've lost the game and that's life. We'll move on and I'm not too despondent as this is a tough place to come and play.
“That’s one defeat in ten now so we're on a fantastic run. We're still in the FA Cup, we're still only four points behind second and we're still really on the charge.”