Dons’ slim chances of making the play-offs this season took another serious blow as they lost 2-1 to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.
While Karl Robinson’s men are still nine points from the top six spot they so desperately seek, time is fast running out.
Dons’ inconsistency is something that has Robinson scratching his head. After the dominance shown against League 1 leaders Doncaster Rovers two weeks ago, and then against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, Dons have gone on to suffer a couple of hugely disappointing defeats to first Shrewsbury and now Crewe, undoing all their hard work in an instant.
Robinson blasted the final 30 minutes against Crewe as ‘a shambles’ as players looked distinctly uninterested in chasing down a decisive goal with the score at 1-1.
So when Antony Kay’s slip allowed Mathias Pogba to net the winner with six minutes to go, the writing was on the wall.
And the disappointment was only compounded when Kay was given his marching orders for the third time this season.
Robinson is sticking to his guns though. He believes that taking 18 points from the 24 still available could be enough to see Dons finish in the League 1 play-offs.
“We now have six games to win out of eight,” he said. “There’s a target to achieve.
“If they do start losing games, I’ll make changes – I don’t know who I’ll put in though!
“I’ve got some good young players at the club, maybe it’ll mean more to them. I’ll raise their spirits or they can go.
“But I care a lot about them, and I’ll continue to protect the ones who work hard and whose hearts are still in it.”