Tasting defeat is something Dons will have to get used to, but it still isn’t one Dean Lewington enjoys.
Dons’ 13 match undefeated streak came to an end on Saturday in the 1-0 defeat to Preston at stadium:mk - the same team to inflict Dons’ last defeat back in March - in Lewington’s 500th career league appearance.
Paul Gallagher’s goal in the 28th minute was all that separated the sides on the day as the two newly promoted sides battled it out in their new surroundings.
The Dons skipper though feels Dons will have to get used to the feeling of defeat during the course of the season.
“We’ll have to get used to it,” he said. “It’s a step up and a harder league. I’ve just told the boys that sometimes we’ll play well but get nothing for it.
“And we have to get used to that and learn to cope with.
“In your first game at home, you want to impress. It’s not going to be the same as last year, there will be ups and downs. We’ve just got to deal with the downs.
“We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves.
“Last year, Bristol, ourselves and Preston were head and shoulders clear of everyone else.
“Preston deserve to be in the Championship, they’re full of quality and very well organised. They’re difficult to play against.
“We’ve had a good run, and we started well last week and wanted to carry that on. We played well in parts, just not enough to get the result.”
Lewington’s 500th league match may not have had the ideal ending, but it isn’t something the skipper has paid too much attention to.
He said: “It’s a nice milestone, but it’s not why you play football. It’s just another game for me. It means you’re getting old! I’m proud I’ve played so many games.
“I’ve been very lucky in my career. When the Wimbledon scenario happened, I was thrown in when I maybe shouldn’t have.
“But we had to play because we were all they had. We were chucked in at the deep end, and it’s lucky I’ve survived that.
“Since then, manager’s have wanted to play me and they seem to think I’m doing OK.”