Karl Robinson felt it was ‘two points dropped’ as his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Bury at stadiummk on Saturday afternoon.
Dean Bowditch’s 15th minute opener was cancelled out by a second-half strike from Steven Schumacher as the Shakers spoiled the party at MK1 and put a halt to the Dons’ New Year good form.
The result sees the Dons fall ten points behind, with a game in hand, second-placed Doncaster Rovers and manager Robinson was frustrated with only taking a point from the game and didn’t hold back in his assessment of his team’s performance.
Speaking after the match, he said: “It was a frustrating game. We lacked a spark today and just weren’t at the races. The best word to describe it is scrappy, it lacked intensity and quality at key times and we played into Bury’s hands.
“At stadiummk at the moment we just seem to be waiting for something to happen, it’s weird this place used to be a fortress and we need to turn it back into that.
“It’s hard for us to break teams down when they sit back so when chances come along like they did for us today, you have to take them because when you play teams like Bury, who are going to put the ball in your box as much as possible, there is always an opportunity that they can nick a point or a win.
“We can’t, as defenders, let the ball drop down and let someone turn and hit a shot like that. He had the freedom of the penalty box to turn and shoot and that is not acceptable.
“I can’t keep saying we will learn from it because at some stage it has got to sink in. I keep saying we are going to get better and we will get better because obviously we have introduced players who need time to bed into the team but we can’t keep waiting to learn, if we wait too long the season will be over and it will have passed us by.
“A positive is we haven't been beaten but we are disappointed and angry that we have not won the game. Hopefully it’s a point in the right direction but it is definitely two points lost. If we have aspirations of going up we have to win these types of games.”
The game saw two of the starting XI make their home debuts at stadiummk as Dons players, in Ryan Harley and Izale McLeod and boss Robinson admitted that it will take time for his new faces, in particular McLeod, to fit into his promotion-chasing side.
“Izale played 75 minutes and he had one or two chances. It’s hard because he is a completely different player to what we have had before, we now have an outlet from behind but ironically they were so deep that there was no space in behind for him to run.
“Izale is somebody who in certain games will be a key attribute for us. Players have to get used to him, players are trying to play at his feet when he is trying to get in from behind, so there will be a teething period but I thought his work ethic was fantastic.
“He should have scored, he will know that and he will be disappointed in himself. The one that hit the post, how it didn’t drop down to Dean Bowditch and go in I still don’t know.”