The chances of Dons making the play-offs are now remote if not impossible, but Karl Robinson says his side won’t throw in the towel.
Saturday’s uninspiring 2-0 defeat at home to Crawley made the difficult neigh on impossible, as Peterborough extended the gap to nine points with just 12 remaining.
While a downbeat Robinson confirmed it was all over immediately after the game, later in the week he said his side would continue to fight for pride.
“Everyone’s attitude is focussed on the rest of the season,” he said. “We’re in a multi-million pound stadium. There’s nothing better than this in League 1.
“Everything is geared up for success, but we need to make that vision a reality.
“We aren’t giving up. If we finish seventh, we’ll have improved on last year.
“But we were never going to stop until I knew it was impossible. I won’t stop until the end of the season.
“Am I happy with what we’ve achieved? Far from it.
“If I was still sat here in front of you without the answers, I’d be questioning where I want to go, but the answers are well documented.”
While some eyes will already be firmly focussed on next season, Robinson insists his will keep playing to win.
However, after what the manager described as the worst home performance of the season on Saturday, it is likely to be a new-look team that takes to the field at Vale Park on Good Friday for the game against Port Vale.
Robinson added: “Our mind-set has to change and our personnel has to change, and it will.”