A furious Karl Robinson said the second half was the worst performance by his side this season as they lost to Stevenage in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
After leading through Shaun Williams’ first half penalty, a poor Dons performance in the second half allowed Stevenage to get back in the game through Francois Zoko before Filipe Morais converted a penalty of his own to win it.
And although it’s only the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Robinson believes it was the worst he has seen his side all year.
“That’s the worst 45 minutes of the season,” he said. “The second 45 minutes was embarrassing. I don’t know what it was. It was a shambles and a waste of 45 minutes of my life.
“They should have beaten us 4-1. It was poor. I’ll defend the players to the hilt and I’ll fight battles for them, but that wasn’t acceptable.
“We beat them 4-1 at our place, playing our way. We beat then 1-0 playing out way in the first half here, and lost 2-0 playing their way in the second half .
“There were four or five out there who gave it a good go, but it was poor. They need to learn very, very quickly.
“We tried to beat them at their game. We wanted to keep playing football, but they reverted to a system we’ve never seen before. We’re not known for that.
“Izale McLeod and Patrick Bamford got battered. I’ve never seen us kick so many long balls.
“I thought Giorgio did well, and Samir too. But they know how I feel, and they’ve seen a reaction. They won’t do that again.”
Robinson has ordered his players in at 9am tomorrow (Wednesday), to watch the game back. And he feels that some players who didn’t pull their weight might get some of his hair dryer treatment.
He said: “We’ll sit in the lecture theatre and watch the shambles that was that 45 minutes.
“They can pick bones in things, but that’s not acceptable. But they know that.
“But one or two of them want to see me tomorrow. My door is always open as we’ll go toe to toe. And I’ll win.”