Hearing the fans boo his side off at half-time during the FA Cup second round game with Dover on Saturday did little to inspire MK Dons according Karl Robinson.
On the back of three defeats in a row, and eight in their last 11 outings, Dons were being held by their lower league opponents at the interval, prompting a pocket of fans to voice their displeasure.
“It’s not helpful, but you have to respect their opinions,” said Robinson. “In the dressing room, I was probably reiterating the same, as were some of the players.
“It doesn’t help, but we needed to stand up and be counted. It’s just frustration. It’s the way the game is and you have to respect that.
“We’re going through a bad time, and yes, we could drop to 15th in the league after Saturday, but it’s about rebuilding and moving forward. There’s still a lot of football to be played.
“We always said this season was going to be hard, but it has been enjoyable.
“I think what it has done is show the loyalty which surrounds this club.
“Times like this make us all stronger.”
But Ben Reeves’ goal after 51 minutes was enough to secure Dons’ place in the third round, and lift the monkey from their backs for a week.
Robinson added: “It was nice to put the demons to bed for a bit, but it was nice to get a win regardless of who you play, and you have to get back to that very quickly.
“Even though it can be criticised and judged, it was a win. It’ll help us prepare for a big game on Saturday.”
And the trip to League 1 leaders Wolves couldn’t come at a difficult time, admits the manager.
He said: “It doesn’t get much harder, but that the way the industry rolls the dice. We’re going to work hard all week.
“Last time I went there, I got beaten 4-0 with Blackburn. It’s not a place I remember too fondly!
“Should their budget and crowd be in League 1? No. They’re huge. It’s one of those clubs you don’t want to see at this level of football because of the quality of the club. They’ve been unfortunate for two years, and it shows you how far you can fall.
“Wolves have been around many years, built on history and occasions. We’re in the process of building that.”
Wolves, who two years ago were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League, have suffered back-to-back relegations, but have found life fairly easy in League 1 so far.
And although Dons, who by their manager’s own admissions are going through the toughest slump since he took over in 2010, face a huge task in getting anything from Molineux, Robinson felt last Saturday’s game with Dover was a more important affair.
“There have been bigger games,” he said. “On paper, arguably (the Wolves game) is, but for me last Saturday’s game was one of the biggest games to be honest. There’s nothing worse than playing a team of underdogs from two leagues below you.
“Like when we played QPR, the gulf was similar. We knew Dover could come here and put a performance in. But it was massive for us, because we had to get the monkey off our backs, and calm the waters ahead of a tough batch of Christmas games.”