Ryan Lowe says Dons won’t give up on their play-off ambitions until it’s impossible despite being dealt a huge blow, losing 3-2 to Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.
Lowe’s two goals hauled Dons back into contention having fallen 2-0 down when Tom Eaves’ double put Shrews in control.
But an Antony Kay own goal with 21 minutes to go ended Dons’ chances of a fightback and leaves them with a mountain to climb if they are to take anything from the season.
“It’s tough to take,” Lowe said afterwards. “You score two goals and you expect to win.
“We’re disappointed, obviously, because it was a game we were expected to win and we wanted to push on up there. I’d sacrifice my two goals for a 1-0 win. We have to dust ourselves down quickly and move on.
“I was speaking to one of their lads at the end and he said if they hadn’t nicked the own goal, we would have probably won it. I think we had them under the cosh, but the own goal got our heads down.
“It’s not Ian McLoughlin’s fault, it’s not Antony Kay’s fault, it just happens. We’ll try and push on and try and make it up to the fans on Saturday.”
Eaves’ quick-fire double came very much against the run of play as he put Shrewsbury 2-0 after 19 minutes.
Despite Dons’ dominance, Lowe said the side were guilty of starting poorly and gave themselves a tough task to get back into the game.
He said: “We gave them the chances. Fair play to Tom Eaves who scored two great goals but we made it easy. But the lads know it wasn’t acceptable in the first 20 minutes, the gaffer stressed that to us, but we’ll put it right on the training ground and make sure it’s right for Saturday.”
Lowe’s goals either side of half time got Dons back in the game and they looked the more likely to go on and snatch a winner, but Kay’s mis-kick gifted Shrewsbury the decisive goal.
The result sees Dons slip to 13th in League 1, 12 points off the play-off spots with just 10 games to go.
Lowe though said the team can’t afford to dwell on the result and must bounce back as soon as possible.
“If you don’t pick yourself up quickly, it won’t help anyone,” he said. “We’ve got 10 cup finals now to get to where we need to get to.
“I came here because I thought I could bring Dons that extra bit of luck they’ve missed in the last few seasons. I want to get my third promotion too. But it’s in our hands now, it’ll be tough and we won’t stop fighting until the end.
“We’ll take each game as it comes and we’ve got to pick up points. We’ve got teams to come here like Brentford, Tranmere and Crawley, and if we beat them, you never know where it might take you.
“In the last 10 games, everyone can beat everyone and hopefully a few clubs do us a favour.
“We’ll get our heads down on the training ground and make things right.”