Captain Dean Lewington admitted MK Dons simply haven’t been good enough this season, as they missed out on a play-off spot for the second year in a row.
Lewington, who will make his 500th appearance for the club this Saturday against Rotherham, said some players haven’t stepped up to the mark when times have been tough this season.
Defeat on Good Friday to Port Vale put the icing on what has turned out to be quite a sour cake this season as reaching the play-offs became mathematically impossible.
Although injuries have been a key contributor to Dons’ lack-lustre season, the captain says responsibility must lie with the players.
He said: “This season has been a real struggle to be honest. There has been no real form to speak of at any time, and we’ve been a bit sporadic.
“We’ve clicked into gear a few times, but we haven’t really got going.
“A few players know they’ve not been good enough.
“Everyone knows the injury situation and losing Patrick (Bamford) was a big loss to us, but we’ve not been good enough.”
Looking ahead to his 500th appearance on Saturday though, Lewington admitted it was a statistic that caught him by surprise.
He said: “You don’t really think about it in terms of number of games, sitting around counting them up.
“It feels like it has come about really quickly, and it feels like it came out of nowhere.”
>> For more on Lewington’s 500th appearance, turn to page 73.