A furious Karl Robinson blasted his side after a disappointing first half cost them the game against Scunthorpe on Saturday, losing 1-0.
Although the result didn’t matter, with Swindon’s 3-1 win over Stevenage making it mathematically impossible for Dons to overtake them, Robinson was angry at some of his players for now showing enough passion against the relegation strugglers.
Though the second half was a different matter, Robinson said it was too late.
“It’s no excuse what Swindon did - we fell well short,” he said. “We should have won here today. The first 45 minutes is unacceptable.
“We looked nervous and edgy and like we didn’t care. It’s a reality check for a lot of people. It’s the first time they’ve worn the new kit and it’ll be the last time for some of them.
“The energy and enthusiasm wasn’t there. We’ve had night here where it’s there in abundance. We have to look at ourselves. It’s not good enough.
“In the second half we dominated and probably should have got back on level terms, but the first half let us down.
“Maybe people here think they’re better than they are. People have to take a good look at themselves and if they don’t like it, they can make their own decisions in the summer and do what they want with their careers because that’s not acceptable.”
With now nothing but pride at stake against Stevenage next weekend in the final game of the season, Robinson paid tribute to the fans for sticking with his side all season.
He said: “It’s a massive time for reflection. It was a bit embarrassing walking around at the end after we let them down. There have been times over the years where they didn’t show us the support when we needed it, but they showed it in abundance today, and we let them down in the first 45 minutes.
“The fans this year have been the reason why I’ll look back at the season with a little bit of pride. They’ve always looked to us for hope and optimism, and so do we. We’ve let them down today.”