MK Dons tasted defeat for the second game in a row as Gary Sawyer’s first-half goal was enough to earn the Pilgrims all three points on Boxing Day.
The defeat means MK Dons have now gone seven games without a league win – their last a 1-0 win over Fleetwood in November. A run Gilbey knows needs to end sooner rather than later.
“We’re all disappointed, we need to do better – everyone knows that.” The midfielder said in his post-match interview.
“We need to look at ourselves in the mirror, we’re in a rut and we need to get out of it. I’ve been in them before, and you don’t know where you’ll buy a win from. It doesn’t matter how hard you work on the training pitch or during the game – it won’t fall.”
Gilbey added, “We need to get a win and put an end to this rut.”
Despite the poor run of results, the former-Wigan man has confidence that MK Dons have enough quality within the team to turn things around.
“It’s such a good squad – that’s the reason I came here. I look around the dressing room and I know there are a lot of people in there who will back me and that’s all that matters.”
At the final whistle, the fans made frustrations heard, however, it’s something Gilbey understands.
“It’s more than understandable and to be honest I don’t blame them. We need to start performing, in fact, we need to start winning. We played well against Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe and it just wasn’t our day – but I agree with the fans.
“For 90 minutes they were behind us, but they’ve spent their money, they can voice their opinions. We need to realise that we have to do it for 90 minutes, not 20 minutes here or there.
Such is the nature of football Gilbey and his MK Dons teammates don’t have to wait long to put things right as they host Peterborough United this Saturday.
“We’re lucky in football – games come thick and fast. It’s not like boxing where you have to wait six months before you go again. We need to focus as a group of players, hope the fans continue to back us and get that win.”