A similar story for Martin after losing to Hull City

MK Dons 1-3 Hull City
Russell MartinRussell Martin
Russell Martin

It was almost 'rinse and repeat' for Russell Martin as he spoke of his disappointment following Dons' 3-1 defeat to Hull City on Saturday.

It's a story that has been told many times by the Dons boss this season - falling behind early to the opposition's first chance, defensive lapses costing them and a lack of cutting edge in the opposite box, losing come the final whistle despite dominating the possession stats.

And that's exactly how it played out at Stadium MK, as Josh Magennis scored with Hull's first chance of the game on eight minutes, before Ste Walker replied two minutes later to draw Dons level. However, a second Magennis strike a minute later allowed Hull to sit back and absorb Dons' threats, finally putting them to bed with a quarter of an hour to go through James Scott.

Martin said: "We start games really well, we have a chance in two or three minutes, and all of a sudden they score out of nowhere. It's the same in every game. It's not good enough and it's something we have to sort out.

"It hurts us, what we're trying to do. It damages the flow of the game, changes the context and dynamic of how the opposition set up. It has happened too much, we're hacing to bounce back too much, but we shouldn't have to."

While Dons dropped to 17th as a result of the defeat, victory took Hull top of the pile. Martin though did not see a huge difference between the sides in MK1.

"If you're a neutral, you wouldn't say that's top of the league against a team where we are now," he continued. "

Their mentality, when you have momentum and you're fighting at the top of the league, you find ways to win. You can win ugly, scrappy, it becomes easy and the momentum carries you and Hull have that.

"But we beat ourselves today – I don't care what they say. We beat ourselves. For the most part, we were the better team but we have to take it on the chin, and that's what hurts."