Liam Manning was frustrated to see his side’s unbeaten run come to an end with a 2-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Despite a dominant performance in South Yorkshire, Manning’s Dons suffered their first loss in 10 games as goals from Tommy Rowe and Tiago Cukur overruled Peter Kioso’s first-half strike.
“Like on Tuesday, frustration is the biggest word to sum it up,” Manning said in his post-match press conference. “The run was going to end at some point, it was inevitable, but it is a point of frustration as to how it happened more than it happening.
“I was frustrated with how we started. We knew they would have momentum and be on the front foot and in the first six minutes, we played it all in our half. Momentum is massive in football and we gave them a lift early in the game rather than getting through it.
“There was some naivety with the conditions and to how Doncaster were playing. They're fighting at the minute and if we'd managed those moments early on, landing on second balls on a quick pitch when it's difficult to play, we could have spun it in behind. Those details we spoke about at half time that would make or break the game.
“In the second half, we started a lot better than we started the first and they only had one shot in that second half. To concede like we did - we just have to learn from those mistakes, move forward and make sure we don't repeat them.
“I've seen the goal back and I think he's level and the biggest issue we have with it is the lead up to it. If we don't make the mistakes in the lead up, we don't allow those things to happen.
“We've got goals throughout the team, which is a strength, but we lacked quality in the attacking third. In previous games, it's come off for us in that area, but today was one of those days it didn't.”
Manning added: “We'll be fine. The players are hurting like I am - no-one wants to lose but I know they'll go away and learn from this and get better. No matter the result, it doesn't change what we do. We come in and improve on the areas we need to get better at.
“We'll go away, look, learn and reflect. We're a young group, we have to learn quickly and not make the same mistakes again.”
Liam Manning's MK Dons turn their attentions to the Papa John's Trophy this Tuesday evening when they take on Wycombe Wanderers at Stadium MK.
Tickets, which are being sold on a block-by-block basis, starting in East Centre, are priced at £10 adults and £5 under-18s. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622922.