We got what we deserved, says Spence

MK Dons defender Jordan Spence blocks Birmingham City midfielder Jacques Maghoma cross during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Milton Keynes Dons at St Andrews, Birmingham, England on 28 December 2015. Photo by Alan Franklin. PNL-151228-233644002
MK Dons defender Jordan Spence blocks Birmingham City midfielder Jacques Maghoma cross during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Milton Keynes Dons at St Andrews, Birmingham, England on 28 December 2015. Photo by Alan Franklin. PNL-151228-233644002
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MK Dons got exactly what they deserved at St Andrews according to Jordan Spence after the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City.

While Jacques Maghoma’s 63rd minute strike was all that separated the sides on paper, Spence felt Dons were second best in every department and didn’t warrant anything other than another loss.

“We probably got what we deserved, which was nothing,” he said. “It was not for a lack of effort but a lack of quality and ability to retain the ball and dominate proceedings.

“Before (Daniel) Powell went off, we looked like ourselves. Josh’s (Murphy) introduction by no means weakened us, but we didn’t get going.

“On the flipside, in recognising that it wasn’t working, we weren’t resilient enough to get out of here with something.”

Following defeat at Birmingham, Dons have accrued just six points from a possible 36 away from stadium:mk - the third worst away form in the league.

It doesn’t make for pleasant reading, but Spence insists there isn’t a difference between the way Dons perform at home and on the road, but feels with consistency will come results.

He said: “Consistency is key, especially with consistency in performance. Once we sort that out, results will fall into place.

“There have been times on road when we have played well, at Nottingham Forest for example.

“There aren’t many pats on the back after defeats, trust me, but when the dust settles and you analyse the performance, there have been good points. But we won’t be able to take much from the game here.

“You can’t get too high when it’s great, or too low when it’s bad - that’s the nature of football.”