Karl Robinson was happy with the way his side bounced back in Saturday’s clash at unbeaten Brighton & Hove Albion.
Robinson’s side built on Maynard’s goal and had chances including a strike from Samir Carruthers, who also appeared to be brought down in the box but the strong appeals for a penalty were waved away.
The 35-year-old said: “After 20 minutes, it was head in the hands and it would have been very difficult to get anything out of the game. They simply came out better than us. It was an onslaught for us but we coped wonderfully well.
“We didn’t deserve to win, but we didn’t deserve to win either. We’ve come here and put a show on, but we deserved more than the result suggests. Tactically, we have to get it right, because other teams have the players to do it.
“We didn’t do enough in the second half. We huffed and puffed, but I don’t think we looked good at the end of the game.”
Robinson added: “Nicky Maynard has been excellent since he came here and he showed why we brought him in so hopefully he can go from strength to strength now.
“His ball retention, his movement, game understanding and robustness and in 50-50 challenges, he gives us a pivot to play on and I’m really happy for a club like us to acquire a player of his quality. Nicky can just do things off the cuff.”
The Liverpudlian saved a special mention for the pre-match remembrance service – one which the two clubs came together to deliver.
Brighton and Dons-supporting veterans led out the two teams before the Last Post was played and the two managers laid wreaths.
He said: “What was done for the Remembrance Weekend was absolutely sensational.”