Shambolic, unacceptable, rubbish - all words used by Karl Robinson to describe his team’s performance in the 3-1 defeat away at Colchester on Tuesday night.
The Dons boss spoke to the media immediately after the match, and admitted he wouldn’t be speaking to his players until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning before reading them the riot act.
Craig Eastmond got Colchester on their way after 17 minutes before a Jordan Spence mistake allowed former Don Jabo Ibehre to double the lead. Spence pulled one back for Dons before Macauley Bonne put the game out of reach.
“That’s unacceptable,” said a furious Robinson after the game. “I’m absolutely embarrassed. We had no hunger, fight, understanding. Silly mistakes. Absolutely rubbish.
“I come out and people sometimes criticise for being honest. There’s my honesty. That’s as embarrassed as I’ve ever been stood on the touchline.
“I don’t want to speak to them until 9am tomorrow. Yes (I’m angry), and I don’t want to get myself in any trouble.
“We didn’t pick up on the edge of the box, didn’t communicate for the second goal, not communicating for the third goal. Schoolboy stuff, embarrassing.
“I apologise to the fans who came, they deserve better than that and our shirt deserved better than that.
“This is the lowest and most difficult it has been for me and I have got a big job on my hands. I’ve got to respond in the right way and I will do. They’ve got to come along with me though.
“It’s not acceptable. From the preparation, rehab, recovery, food and coaching they get, they want for nothing. They need to take responsibility.
“We can’t use any excuse - it was shambolic.”
It’s now six consecutive defeats in a row away from home for Dons, and sitting six points from the play-offs and equally six from the drop zone, Robinson admits the season could be out of reach already.
He said: “They’re doing their best to throw it away. Colchester have battered us. I’m lucky I’m not stood here having conceded six. It should have been six.
“In the first half, we were ok, but there wasn’t one positive to come out of that.
“We have to work hard, grit our teeth and get back to where we were, very quickly.”