Karl Robinson admitted the 3-0 home defeat to Walsall is one of the lowest points in his managerial career.
Standing on the touchline for the 250th time in full charge of MK Dons, Robinson could only look on as his side faultered, slipping to their first defeat in League 1 since September.
“It’s a real low point,” he said afterwards. “I think it’s one of my biggest defeats. I’m proud to be part of this football club, and hopefully I’ll have more memories - better memories, in the higher echelons of the Football League.
“But not if we play like we did today.”
It was certainly far from a vintage MK Dons display. A Darren Potter own goal after 81 seconds got the ball rolling for Walsall, before Potter’s poor header back to David Martin an hour later allowed Tom Bradshaw to tap in a second for hte visitors. Bradshaw made sure with 14 minutes to go, lashing in his second and Walsall’s third.
It is the first defeat in League 1 since the 3-2 defeat to Bristol City at Ashton Gate on September 27 - a 13 game stretch which has seen Dons form part of the breakaway quartet at the top of the division.
Still just four points from the top, Dons also have a game in hand over the other three in the pack.
He said: “I’m disappointed, but in 13 games, we’ve had one defeat. The players have been magnificent.
“We weren’t at the races today, and we weren’t at our best. For the first two goals, it has hit Darren Potter, and then his individual error for the second. He’s owned up to that in the dressing room. But in the midst of that, we cleared one off the line for them.
“We weren’t at our best, and they were at their best.
“It was a similar thing when they played a few days ago - it was tight but Swindon broke away and scored three goals and put the game to bed. They’ve done that to us today.
“We didn’t look like we had another gear, like we have done. The substitutions didn’t work, the change of system didn’t work, sometimes that happens in football.
“They tried in the last 15 minutes, but the second balls didn’t go our way, and things bounced off us for goal kicks and throw-ins.
“You have to take your medicine sometimes. We’ll look at it with a fine-tooth comb. We’ll make sure we get it right.”