Harry Darling provided an honest dissection of Tuesday’s defeat to Lincoln City, nothing it can be a big learning curve for the squad.
Lincoln City capitalised on MK Dons’ mistakes last night and were clinical in front of goal as they ran out 4-0 winners at The LNER Stadium.
Darling himself admits he wasn’t at his best in the defeat but does feel there are lessons to take away for the rest of the campaign.
“Plain and simple, it wasn't good enough today,” Darling told iFollow MK Dons. “I think we did well in the first half but the first 15 minutes in the second half killed us. There were too many mistakes, including from myself. We have to learn from it and go again.
“It has been a learning year for everyone. We are building up to next year now, we've got to finish the season as strongly as possible and finish as high as possible.”
Despite the Dons sitting in mid-table with just five games remaining, Darling insists they are taking every game seriously and want to finish strongly,.
“The hunger is still there – Russ has made that clear. The players want to win every game, even if we're not playing for anything. We have to take responsibility as players, it's our fault
“The first half was good, but we can't make those sorts of mistakes because we'll get punished. Those three goals in 15 minutes killed the game and gave us too much to do.
“As a defence, our aim is to keep clean sheets but we gave ourselves too much to do. We have to improve on it.”