Warren O’Hora has provided an honest assessment following MK Dons’ 3-2 defeat to Gillingham on Tuesday evening.
The Dons conceded a first-half penalty following a long-throw from the home side before Connor Ogilvie converted from the same situation late in the second half.
Despite their dominance on the evening, the Irishman said there can be no excuses for the defeat noting the Dons need to defend their box better moving forwards.
“We're really disappointed because we’ve beat ourselves,” O’Hora told iFollow MK Dons. “We need to defend our box better – that's the bottom line - we scored two goals away from home and that should be enough. We didn't defend properly for three actions – that’s cost us.
“It’s so hard to take after the way we started the game. That has been a problem for us this season - they got two goals from our own mistakes. We need to really look at it, we know what we need to do.
“We knew what was coming – they all told us what would happen. We knew the ball would come down our throat, that's the way Steve Evans likes to play, it's very different to us. So it's hard to take considering it's a totally different style of play, it's a kick in the teeth really.”
At just 21-years of age, O’Hora displayed his maturity when assessing his own personal performance. The Defender was perhaps unfortunate to concede a penalty during the first half, and despite scoring his first professional goal, O’Hora was unable to take any joy given the result.
“The staff do so much work with us to get to that point in the second half where they don't want to press. We’ve made 700 passes, and tired them out, but that's all the staff can do for us. We as individuals, me especially, have to defend the box better.
“I need to be patient with myself, maybe I'm overly critical of myself, but that's what every player does. We're a young backline but it's no excuse for conceding goals like that.
“I feel like the goal cancelled out the handball. I didn't really celebrate, I said to the boys that was for the penalty, I wanted to get one back for the team. Of course, you should be happy with your first senior goal but obviously, the circumstances make it difficult, I was hoping to come away with three points.”