Skipper Dean Lewington pulled no punches as he assessed the Dons’ defeat at the hands of Walsall on Boxing Day.
The left-back described his own performance as ‘one of the worst’ in recent season for the men from MK1 and labelled the whole display as ‘shocking’.
Lewington refused to point to excuses such as injuries to key duo Luke Chadwick and Stephen Gleeson, which ultimately forced a big re-shuffle for the side, and insisted the loss will produce a response.
He said: “It started with quite a few individual errors and mistakes, it was one of the worst performances I have had in years and I think everyone will have to look at themselves. I don’t think many people can walk away from the game and say that have played well.
“It was pretty shocking really; it was a truly shocking performance.”
The spotlight will turn on the defence, having conceded four goals in an error-strewn match, but Lewington believes every player should take responsibility and ensure they learn from their mistakes by the time Coventry come to visit stadiummk on Saturday.
“We defend as a team – when we take the plaudits it is as a team and when we concede four goals it’s not just the back four, the emphasis will be on us and we will look at what we did wrong but as a team we were no way near it.
“The half-time team talk was quite lively and after the game the manager told us what for, as a group of players we are disappointed and sometimes you need this kind of result so we can get the home truths pout the way and tell people what they need to be told. We will see what the reaction is against Coventry.
“Sometimes if you haven’t played well and you win it hides a few things and you roll on thinking everything is OK, a result like this today really highlights a few areas where maybe we have been falling down. If we can correct that and get back to where we were before in the long run that will be a good thing. We will go through it, it won’t be pretty viewing but we need to work out what went wrong.
“I think anyone would say that after a bad performance you want to get back out on the pitch to correct it as soon as you can. It is a bit of a blessing that we have that game against Coventry.”