Samir Carruthers says Dons have to walk the walk if they are to drag themselves out of trouble in the Championship.
Dons lost their 12th game of the season on Saturday, going down 1-0 to Ipswich at stadium:mk in the day’s early kick off.
But although the outcome was ultimately the same as a week ago at Brentford - Dons’ worst showing of the season - the performance was markedly improved against Mick McCarthy’s men.
Carruthers, named Man of the Match, feels though that it is one thing talking up their chances, but Dons will have to start turning results around at some point if they are to get away from trouble.
“We’ve heard it from a lot of players, telling us we won’t go down,” he said. “But we’ve got to get the performances right. It’s all good talking the talk, we have to walk the walk.
“I think we all know we were below par last week. We had a lot to prove and we have to pay back the fans who went to Brentford. I think today’s performance was really good. We needed the finishing touch though and we have to take the way we played into the game against Sheffield Wednesday.
“Ipswich were banging for promotion last year and I felt like we battered them. They had a few chances, but I felt we played well.”
Asked why Dons are struggling to find the back of the net at this level, Carruthers says it’s a general step-up in quality which Dons are finding difficult to break down, admitting it was too easy at times last season.
He said: “It’s a harder league. Last season, we were one of the top scorers in the entire country, but we’ve only lost two or three players. It’s the same team pretty much and the players were got in are almost the same in terms of quality.
“We were unlucky today, we had shots and deflections, their keeper had a good game. You can’t do a lot about that. We didn’t do that against Brentford. But that’s the way it’s going for us at the moment, we were unlucky.
“Playing the football is more difficult because teams have more shape and they’re less erratic, so it’s going to be harder to break teams down. In League 1, we were beating teams 7-0.
“You don’t see that in the Championship. We’re a good team and we deserve to be here.”