Karl Robinson was left bitterly disappointed after his MK Dons side were denied all three points on Tuesday evening.
“It’s a difficult one for us to take,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “I’m disappointed because you can see the players are fighting for it.
“Without the likes of Pottsy (Darren Potter) and Joe (Walsh) I thought we looked very good and very comfortable against a good team who have now only lost one in 10.
“I’ve asked them to be more ruthless in the final third and instead of overplaying, ask questions of the defence or the goalkeeper – the first goal came from asking questions of the goalkeeper and the second came through asking questions of the full-back with a cross."
He continued: “From a critical point of view, when we were under pressure we needed to be stronger. For the first 35 minutes we were sensational but then we overcomplicated things – we stopped crossing, we stopped shooting and we stopped asking questions.”
“These are things out of our control. The fans sing their hearts out and the players work their socks off but two poor decisions see us get punished – it’s difficult to take.”
“Why did they score a tap-in? Because Paul Downing was fouled. Why did they get a corner? Because they’ve tried to punch the ball out of Dave’s hands. Then from the corner they scored at my centre-back gets pushed onto the floor.
“We scored three goals at home, which is a positive and with stronger refereeing I don’t think we concede three. His decision-making and athleticism was poor. He didn’t get close enough to do decisions. If he did, I think a lot of things would be different tonight.
When they changed their system in the second half we changed our system to cope and we scored.
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“I’ve got an apology to make. I walked off without acknowledging the supporters and for that I’m disappointed in myself. I ran inside to talk to the fourth official and by that stage I was embarrassed and was hurting. I’ve let people down, though, and I’m sorry.”
Robinson concluded his post-match interview by apologising to the supporters for exiting the field without acknowledging those who had stayed behind.
“It’s hard at the moment but we’ve got to make sure we take it properly. People say these things make you stronger and we’ve got to trust in that.”
“Right now we’ve got to get the mentality right. We’ll get them in Thursday and Friday and see what we can do.
Tuesday’s result leaves the Dons without a victory in their last three games but Robinson urges his team to remain positive as they bid to get back on the winning trail sooner rather than later.