Karl Robinson believes his MK Dons side parted ‘like the Red Sea’ as relegation strugglers Crewe Alexandra climbed out of the bottom four with a 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
Chuck Aneke and AJ Leitch-Smith did the damage for Crewe, scoring in each half to earn the Railwaymen a much needed victory.
Shaun Williams saw his second consecutive penalty saved while the score was 1-0, but Robinson refused to defeat on the missed spot kick.
“It hinged on us being very good for 30 minutes and then losing discipline,” he said. “We became too offensive, open and expansive.
“When we went away to Wolves, we started right, we did the right things and denied them opportunities.
“But it was like the parting of the Red Sea out there at times.
“We have conceded something like 15 goals in the last seven games - that’s not good enough. It’s unacceptable.
“The front players, Samir Carruthers and Ben Reeves, weren’t on their game tonight.
“People did their own thing. They were too eager to do too much, not getting your shots off, taking too many touches. It wasn’t the penalty or the pitch, or the chances we had, there were other elements that we have to be more honest about.
“We weren’t horrendous or really poor, we were just undisciplined at times. I have to do one or two things in the coming week. There’s a lot of conversations to be had.”
Dons, for the most part, looked the better side, particularly in the centre of the park as Darren Potter and Stephen Gleeson played neatly around the Crewe midfield, though the usually vibrant attacking quartet looked lackluster and flustered.
Robinson said: “Sometimes we feel we have to score in the first two or three minutes. Even when we missed the penalty, there was 30 minutes to go. You know how quickly games can change.
“We were too eager. We aren’t calculated about how we can get back into games.
“It’s disappointing for us all, but there’s a lot in there that I know we can put right.”
Dele Alli looked Dons’ most dangerous player in the first half, but was replaced barely five minutes after the break, but Robinson said a calf problem forced the 17-year-old off the field.
He said: “Dele I thought was outstanding until his calf tightened up and I can’t take any risks with him at the moment. Although he didn’t want to come off, you could see he wasn’t moving right.”
Dons now have a week before their next game, another Tuesday night away trip, this time to Carlisle.
But Robinson is looking forward to some time back on the training pitch.
He said: “It gives me time to coach, but when we have time on the training field, the performances are so much better. When we can’t get out there, people forget what we’re all about.
“That, to me today, we forgot what we are. We became too long, took too many touches and were too expansive. We only have ourselves to blame today.”