MK Dons fell to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday as Ryan Hardie’s second-half strike gave Plymouth Argyle all three points.
The Dons would’ve perhaps taken a point from Home Park given it wasn’t their best performance, however, a brief lapse in concentration saw Hardie slot past Andrew Fisher.
Andrew Surman, who was a second-half substitute, noted how the whole squad are hurting from the defeat and added the Dons can’t continue to dominate games without picking up points.
“We should really be coming in and saying we’ve got a point,” Surman told iFollow MK Dons following the full-time whistle in Devon. “To lose 1-0 again is really frustrating and everyone is hurting. We got into good positions, but they made it difficult to be fair and credit to them they defended well.
“I don't we weren't at our best in the first half and at the start of the second half looked the better team - their goal was a sucker punch really.
“It has been the story of our season, a lot of teams we've dominated and been the better team, but they have one or two shots on target and get a goal. It's really disappointing because I think we're a lot better than the league position states – I know it's about results, but I feel we're better than that.
Despite the defeat, Surman feels MK Dons are progressing in the right area, and while the squad will be judged on results, the performances, on a whole, have been impressive.
“We're so close to being a top team, it's just trying to make the final bit click. We're dealing with such fine margins. We'll be judged on results, but the journey is top drawer – we just have to keep believing in it.
“Everyone at the club believes what Russ and Luke are doing, and we're not far off being a very good team. It's the right way to play football and I hope the results start to justify that.
“Anyone who looks from the outside will think we're struggling. We're playing well we just haven't come away with the result we deserve. We're playing some good attractive football, we have to turn those into results at the moment.”