Goal-scorer Nicky Maynard says decisions never go in favour of teams near the bottom of the table after MK Dons’ 2-1 defeat at Brighton was marred by yet another refereeing blunder.
Dean Whitestone failed to award Dons a second half penalty when Samir Carruthers was taken out by Lewis Dunk - a spot kick which would have given the visitors a glorious opportunity to overturn Brighton’s early two-goal lead.
Maynard pulled one back on 23 minutes after Solly March and Jamie Murphy fired the Seagulls 2-0 up, but with the match finely poised, Mr Whitestone’s decision left a bitter taste in the mouth.
“It was a blatant penalty,” said Maynard. “Sometimes you get them, but when you’re at the bottom you don’t seem to get the decisions. We’ll try and take some positives from the game and keep plugging away.
“The ref waiting for the linesman to make the decision and the vice versa. The linesman was very close, I don’t know what he was thinking, like he was sitting on the fence. He even gave a corner, when it was a goal kick.”
Despite going two goals down very early, and losing again, Maynard feels Dons can take heart from their performances against Brighton and Hull seven days previous.
He said: “We started slowly and found ourselves 2-0 down against one of the better teams in the league. We came back strong, and we felt we could have had something.
“We played Brighton and we played Hull without getting run over. We could have got something from both and they’re the top teams. We now need to do it against the lower teams.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here, we just need to keep working hard. We’re creating chances.”
In scoring at the Amex, Maynard finally opened his goal-scoring account for Dons after signing for the club in late September.
And the striker backs himself to go out and score more to keep Dons firmly in the Championship.
“I’m glad to get on the scoresheet,” he admitted. “It’s not so much a relief, but I have every faith in my ability. I want to score whenever I play, but if I wasn’t getting chances, I’d be down in the dumps. I know I will score given the opportunity.
“I had a few chances on Tuesday which I missed, but the gaffer spoke to me in the week and told me to be free and let shots off. I did that here and got the reward. Hopefully there’s more to come.
“It’s the first 90 minutes I’ve played for a while. The fitness staff have done tremendously to get me to where I am. If I keep plugging away, I’ll get more goals, we’ll get more points and we’ll stay in this league.”