Karl Robinson revealed his frustration after the Dons had to make do with a 2-2 draw for the second successive week.
Two brilliant goals from loanees Patrick Bamford and Samir Carruthers helped preserve the Dons’ unbeaten start to the new season, after former Academy graduate Sam Baldock had twice put the vistors ahead.
Again, though, the men from MK1 had chances to win it late on, leaving their manager, Robinson, with a bitter taste in his mouth. Speaking after the match, the 32-year-old said: “We finished the strongest which leaves me disappointed with the result because I thought we were the better team overall.
“However, this patched-up team is continuing to put performances in. Preston and Bristol City are red hot favourites to go up this season and we’re sitting here disappointed at having only taken two points off them.
“We are frustrated with a draw but when you take a step back and see who we were playing against, it’s a great result. We’re unbeaten having played some really big teams and we’re on a good run and we’re full of confidence.
“We just need that little bit more. We’ve scored four goals in two games but not won either of them. We need to start putting the errors right but there’s a lot more to come from us, there’s a lot of quality in this group and a lot of determination and hunger.”
While it was the second time in a row the Dons had twice come from behind to draw 2-2, it was also the second successive game where Robinson’s men had contenders for goal of the week, with both Bamford and Carruthers’ finishes sure to be talked about and praised on various highlight shows this weekend.
And their manager Robinson praised the two loanees for their well-taken strikes and also their work-rate and effort. He added: “They were great goals but the play building up to them both was terrific - finishing was phenomenal too, though.
“The main thing for me is seeing two loan players celebrating like it really matters to them. We know they are never going to be our players, because we can’t afford them, but we don’t mind them coming here and using us a stepping stone if they’re going to put their heart and soul into it like those two did today.
“I was sure we were going to net a third from the free-kick because there were three players around it after the ‘keeper saved it, but it wasn’t to be.”