Early season feel to Dons' latest streak
MK Dons 0-1 Blackpool
The last time Dons went five League One games without a win was the first five games of the season, and after suffering a fourth defeat in five on Tuesday night, Andrew Surman says they must react quickly to get out of the rut.
Dons were only beaten by a Jerry Yates goal coming after a slip from Harry Darling allowed the Blackpool striker through on goal on Tuesday night, but the run of results - only a draw in their last five of which to speak - has left them 16th in League One.
Despite failing to score for a second consecutive game, Dons boss Russell Martin felt his side were unlucky not to come away from the game at Stadium MK with something, especially after missing two great chances from Ethan Laird and Cameron Jerome - a similar story to the streak earlier in the season, which saw Dons go without a win until mid-October, despite out-playing many teams along the way.
Speaking after the defeat to Blackpool, Surman said Dons' performance was a significant improvement after losing to Wigan on Saturday, and felt confident their fortunes would change quickly.
"That was the story early in the season as well," said the midfielder. "We were putting in good performances but we let ourselves down or conceded a soft goal. The results in the last four haven't been great but we'll turn it around.
"It's another frustrating result, but not the performance. Performance-wise, we were really good, better than we were at Wigan. That's what it's all about though, results, and we're scratching our heads as to why we've lost. We've got to stay positive, churn out performances and hopefully the results will come.
"We have to keep doing what we're doing. If we can tinker a bit, and cut out the goals which is obvious, and be moire clinical in the final third, we're so close to being a really good team."