Going out and spending millions on a striker to solve Dons’ goal-scoring problems isn’t an option for Karl Robinson, as much as it frustrates him.
For the third game in a row, Dons failed to trouble the scorers as they went down 2-0 to Hull City at stadium:mk.
Perhaps more frustrating for the manager though was not the score line which flattered the visitors, but instead the lack of chances created by his side at the sharp end.
And while they collected a pretty penny from the sale of Dele Alli last season, Dons aren’t in a position to go out and splash the cash on a player to solve the problem.
“Of course we all want to go out and spend £10 million on a striker. But we don’t have it,” said Robinson. “The fans understand where we are. We didn’t tell anyone what we spent last season. But we’re running a sustainable club here that will be here when the young fans here for Family Fun Day are bringing their children.
“We all know how committed we are to this club, but sometimes it’s about more than money. It frustrates us, and the chairman knows that, but we have to do this in the right way.”
The result against Hull certainly appears deceptive. While Hull sit second and Dons hover dangerously at the other end, the 2-0 score line did not reflect the true nature of the match as the home side dominated in possession but couldn’t find a definitive way through.
While Dons lost, other results saw them climb the table to 20th, though Robinson was left pointing his fingers at the man in the middle for making dubious decisions which would hamper their way forward.
He said: “Football is cruel. We did not deserve to lose, and one man has cost us...
“I feel so sorry for my players. I told the players to wear the shirt with pride. Everyone of them grew a few inches when they put on their shirt today, and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Dean Bowditch and Darren Potter were back in the starting line-up after lengthy layoffs, but it was the performance of Carl Baker which impressed most, running himself ragged as Dons chased the game.
Robinson added: “It was his best performance of the season. And I thought Darren Potter showed why he’s one of the best players at this club. I’ve got to be careful with him. Nicky Maynard came on and made a difference. They all put a shift in.”