Barker doesn't expect to be in charge against Coventry after Chesterfield defeat

Richie Barker
Richie Barker

Caretaker manager Richie Barker says he doesn't believe he will be on the touchline for MK Dons after watching his side lose 3-2 to Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

After coming from a goal down, a Jay O'Shea penalty, to lead 2-1 against the Spireites, who came to Stadium MK on the back of eight consecutive defeats, Dons were 2-1 up with 17 minutes to go thanks to goals from Daniel Powell and Ryan Colclough.

But Dons collapsed in spectacular fashion, conceding two in three minutes to hand victory to Danny Wilson's men.

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With out a permanent manager on the horizon, Barker admitted afterwards he didn't expect to remain in charge following the defeat for Saturday's trip to Coventry, but will do so if he is asked by chairman Pete Winkelman.

"I don't know, and I don't expect to be, having just lost," he said. "But it's out of my hands. If the chairman asks me to, I'll do it.

"I can only talk about the two and a half years I've been here, and this is certainly a low point.

"There are some talented players downstairs, and they're a bit fragile. It's about finding the right person. If it's after the weekend, then so be it and I'll keep trying to lift the players and do the right things."

Despite the five goals, the match was clearly made up of two teams struggling with form and confidence. Quality was rarely on show, while neither goalkeeper was really worked.

At times, it had the feeling of a training ground exercise as Chesterfield executed their game plan to smother Dons in the attacking third with bodies behind the ball.

And for Barker, he felt his side, having dominated certainly in terms of possession and territory, should have taken at least something from the game.

He said: "I'm extremely disappointed - I thought our performance deserved more than it got. For the first 20 minutes, you won't see a more one-sided game, but unfortunately as we've seen too many times, we didn't get a goal.

"Then we got hit on the counter, and we're chasing another game. It took a fantastic effort to get back into the game, but the rest is history. We fell short.

"I think of our 15 shots in the first half, two were on target. We have to make the keeper work. It's not acceptable. We've hit the post, and had something like 30 shots, and a dubious penalty against us, things are continuing to conspire against us.

"It wasn't good enough, but I'd need to see them again. I don't really know what happened. But at home, we shouldn't be conceding three goals. We came away happy with our clean sheet on Saturday, but now we've let in three more at home, and we're making life more difficult for ourselves."