Captain Dean Lewington believes that despite a disappointing loss at Crewe Alexandra, the team has still come a long way in the past two months.
Shaun Williams’ missed penalty was sandwiched between goals from Chuks Aneke and Ajay Leitch-Smith at the Alexandra Stadium on Tuesday, as the Dons fell to their first loss of 2014, while the hosts climbed out of the relegation zone.
But Lewington, 29, thinks that Karl Robinson’s side are still in a great position to get back into the promotion mix, despite the loss seeing them slip eight points adrift of the playoff places.
The left-back told MK Dons Player: “It’s a game we controlled nine tenths of and somehow we managed to throw it away. It’s very frustrating and obviously very disappointing because we were on a decent run.
“But, I think from where we were eight games ago as a team to where we are now, it’s like two different teams. Teams will have bad periods and drop points, it’s just important that we’re there to capitalise and get back in the mix.”
With the Dons’ game against Preston North End, originally scheduled for this weekend, now moved back until February it means the players now have a week to prepare themselves for the long trip to Cumbria in five days time.
And Lewington believes this ‘mini-break’ can only benefit the squad, which has been hit with a long run of games in a short period of time in recent weeks.
He added: “With the amount of games we’ve had there are a lot of battered bodies in there and I think the break has come at a really good time.
“The squad’s already stretched and some of the boys are carrying injuries and knocks so it’s come at the right time to give us a little bit of a rest and try and get the boys back together and fit again.
“It also gives us a week to plan for Carlisle (United) because when these games come thick and fast, it’s hard to do the preparation in between as there isn’t much time to get on the training pitch.
“It gives us a week to prepare and hopefully we can get that win at Carlisle.”