Karl Robinson was, unsurprisingly, left feeling disappointed after his side fell to their first defeat in eight League games on Saturday against Stevenage.
Lucas Adkins first-half strike was enough to earn the points for the travelling Boro and condemn the Dons to their first loss at home in the League this season.
Robinson’s side did have chances but a stellar performance from Stevenage ‘keeper Steve Arnold kept the home side at bay in a result that sees the Dons slip to eighth position, six points off second spot.
Speaking after the game, the Dons boss said: “Disappointing is a good word to describe today. Not because of their goal because it was a wonder-strike but because once again we dominated a game but didn’t get anything out of it.
“I’m frustrated because I felt we deserved to get more out of the game but that’s football. We didn’t take our chances when they came along but we did an awful lot of things that were good today.
“We’re just not having the luck in front of goal at the moment. The ball just doesn’t seem to be dropping for us and I feel so sorry for the players because every one of them is working so hard.
“We won’t throw in the towel though, that won’t happen. We’ll always work hard for this Football Club and we still believe we’re going in the right direction but that there’s a lot more to come from us.”
There was more bad news for the Dons, however, after it was discovered at the end of the game that midfielder Stephen Gleeson may have suffered a suspected broken foot during the second half.
“It looks like Gleeson might have a fracture of his metatarsal. Stephen may have played the last twenty minutes of that game with a broken foot but he still ran his heart out and clapped every fan at the end of the game which just shows how much this Football Club means to everyone.
“People have a right to be frustrated today because we didn’t win and I don’t knock them for that, I’m frustrated as well, but nobody can turn around and say the players didn’t give their all.
“I’m not going to bury my head in the sand and pretend everything’s rosy because it’s far from it. But there’s still a long way to and this result today just makes me more determined, hungrier and gives me the biggest challenge of my managerial career so far."
Finally, Robinson admitted that he will try and dip into the loan market to bring somebody else in, with the Dons now without four first team starters.
“We’ll have a look at bringing people in on loan and hopefully we can do that in the next couple of days.
“It’s hard to have four of your starters out of the team but it gives a chance for somebody to step up whether that be from the bench, the youth team or somebody coming in.”