Karl Robinson felt Dons did enough to take all three points against Bradford, but was left to lick his wounds after a 3-2 defeat at stadium:mk.
Dons twice fell behind - Patrick Bamford cancelling out Nahki Wells’ opener before Shaun Williams’ penalty made it 2-2 after Kyel Reid’s cross ended up in Ian McLoughlin’s net just before half time.
And though it looked like Dons were the side to go on and win it, Jason Kennedy tapped in six minutes from time to snatch all three points for the visitors.
“I thought for 90 minutes we were by far the better team,” said the Dons boss. “It’s a good Bradford side, but we’ve lost the game.
“I know why - silly errors. But I’ve not been able to play my best players. I need to get them back, and it’ll rectify it.
“We are still without key players. When we get them back, these errors will change.
“There are elements of the game that disappointed me, but neutrals watching this would’ve expected us to win that.
“I’m not trying to make excuse after excuse. There’s bone I need to pick out, but I’m not going to single out any players. I need to have a good look at it again to make sure we’re ready for Tuesday.”
The game’s most controversial moment hinged on the penalty decision. Neither referee Gavin Ward nor his assistant gave the spot kick initially, but Robinson believes intervention from the fourth official made the man in black eventually award it.
And after several heavy-handed challenges from Bradford went unpunished, Robinson felt let down by the referee.
He said: “The referee was appalling. He didn’t award the penalty. The fourth official gave it, so we believe. He didn’t give us one decision.
“Two of the Bradford players lashed out after our players ran past them. The one with Dele Alli, he ran past Thompson - he just kicked him.”
The result though sees Dons drop to 11th in the League 1 standings, and take on Colchester on Tuesday night.