Karl Robinson isn’t giving up on a play-off spot, despite admitting his side deserved to get beaten at Leyton Orient on Saturday.
In a game which looked destined for a 0-0 draw, Gary Sawyer’s strike nine minutes from time put Orient ahead after Shaun Williams saw a pair of free-kicks brilliantly saved by Jamie Jones.
With Dons pushing for an equaliser, Kevin Lisbie struck on the break with a minute to go, meaning Dons remain four points from a top six spot with just three games now remaining.
Robinson said: “We deserved to get beaten 2-0, I thought we were poor. I’m not going to make excuses. As a group, we weren’t good enough.
“I can’t put my finger on it. Preparation has been the same, the system hasn’t changed. But all of a sudden we tried to play long and boom the ball up the pitch.
“We were well below par all over the park. I haven’t said that often over the course of 90 minutes. We were second best for large parts of the game.
“It’s frustrating because we’ve played so well recently. Today, I was disappointed with the whole 90 minutes. It’s not acceptable. We’d put ourselves in a wonderful position.
“We created chances too, but all in all, we were second best all over the park. I just felt Orient worked harder than us. I know they didn’t play in the week but while we did. But I expected more from the team than what I saw today.”
With Swindon’s defeat, Dons must win their remaining three games and hope others can help them out if they are to get in the play-offs at the death, and Robinson is still hoping Dons can do it.
“If we win the next three, it’ll still be enough for us to achieve what we want to. I did set 72 points as the target recently, and we can still do that, but if we’d have won today, we’d have been in an even better position to achieve that.
“Results went our way, so a win would have put us amongst it.”