Russell Martin felt his side deserved more from their clash with Blackpool on Tuesday evening.
Despite a dominant Stadium MK display, Martin’s men were beaten 1-0 by an in-form Tangerines side, with Jerry Yates’ first-half goal enough to condemn the Dons to a third successive league defeat.
“We didn't deserve that tonight,” Martin said in his post-match press conference. “We were really dominant and gave them very little - they didn't deserve to win based off a mistake from one of our players.
“I'm really disappointed to concede in the manner that we did. Harry has been incredible for us and it's not his fault we lost, but we didn't look like conceding any other way because they didn't have many more chances or passages of play where they were dominant.
“On the whole, I'm pleased with the performance. We tweaked and adapted from Saturday and it was much more positive.
“The only disappointment is, that with so much of the ball, we didn't look threatening enough and I think that's down to a lack of confidence. That said, on another night, Ethan (Laird) scores from five yards out in the first five minutes and it's a different game.
“It just felt like the start of the season again, when we would play well, dominate and limit teams to two shots on target but end up losing. We came through that, we worked out different ways of doing things, and we'll do that again.”
Martin added: “We want to win every game and get points on the board. We don't want to get dragged into anything again because it's a really tough league where everyone is capable of beating anyone.
“If we keep playing like that, with more confidence, more positivity and more aggression then things will turn, I'm sure of it.”
The boss also doubled down on his backing of Darling, who conceded possession in the build-up to Blackpool’s decisive goal.
Asked if he needed to put his arm around the Dons’ number six, Martin said: “He doesn't need that – he'll get it but he doesn't need it with his courage and mentality.
“He's never played League One football before and never played in a style like this but he has been incredible.
“I'm disappointed for him, and for us, but I won't ask him to change anything about his game because of it. I have no problem with him making one mistake because I know he'll learn from the experience and get better.”
Russell Martin's MK Dons have a chance to respond on Saturday when they take on Accrington Stanley at Stadium MK.
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