Karl Robinson has admitted Dons face a huge challenge to get in the play-offs after a disastrous 3-2 defeat to Shrewsbury.
Despite dominating, a Tom Eaves double put Shrews 2-0 inside 20 minutes, before Ryan Lowe’s brace either side of half time pulled it level.
But a mix-up between Antony Kay and Ian McLoughlin saw the defender turn into his own net 20 minutes from time to seal the defeat.
After the game, Robinson admitted his side risk blowing the whole season if they don’t turn the results around soon.
“It was a hill, it’s now a mountain.” he said. “Can they do it? If they stick to doing what they’re doing, they won’t be far away. Will they ever stop? No? I’ll never say no until it’s over either.
“It’s important the players don’t get too despondent.
“We’ve got a massive mountain to climb now, and they know the enormity of the challenge. And it starts on Saturday against Tranmere, and it’ll continue with Crewe away. The next games become the most important games of some of these players’ careers because if any of them let this season fritter away, they’ll need to find themselves a new club next year if they don’t put a shift in from now until the end of the season.”
If Dons were to gleam any positives from the game, it would be the ease at which they were able to control the tempo and attack Shrewsbury at will.
And the manager said he was shell-shocked after watching his side put in such a dominant performance but come away with nothing.
“I’m lost for words - they had two shots on target and scored three goals. There were mistakes which I could easily come out and point the finger at, but that’s not fair. I’m shell-shocked.”
“It typified the game though, when their keeper makes two wonder saves in the last few minutes. We got back into the game and were by far the better team. It’s the luckiest 3-2 win you’ll ever see.”
Robinson refused to blame the result on Kay’s mistake though, saying the defender was devestated in the dressing room after the game.
Robinson said: “Antony is gutted. He hasn’t put a foot wrong all season, but it’s one of those things. He called, he said he doesn’t know what he was thinking, but it came off him and goes into the goal. He’s shocked. At that stage, there was only one team in the game.
“Even their two goals came against the run of play and it wasn’t through any pressure.
“I’m not going to hang any of the players out to dry.”