Karl Robinson is fully aware that Saturday’s result against Rotherham United leaves the Dons in a tough position.
“We’ll always keep going but we’re now nine points adrift,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “We’re in a difficult predicament, one we never wanted to be in.
“We are where we are and all we can do now is stay solid and together. We can’t change the past, we just have to take it on the chin.
“We need to stand up and be counted.”
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“But, it’s what happens in the two penalty areas that matters. It’s where teams are judged and we weren’t good enough in ours or theirs.”
He added: “I felt we outplayed them in parts and I don’t think you can fault anybodies effort because that’s been there all season.
The Dons were made to pay by Rotherham for mistakes at the back and a lack of cutting edge up front, and Robinson recognises that his side were punished for not being ruthless enough in both penalty areas.