Despite sitting 20th in the Championship, MK Dons season so far can be considered a success according to manager Karl Robinson.
Dons have enjoyed a baptism of fire in the opening four months of the Championship season having initially hit top spot on opening day.
But picking up just three more wins along the way this season, Dons balance delicately above the relegation zone.
Robinson though believes despite their league position and 11 defeats already this season, it has been a success.
“This is still success,” he said. “Narrow minded people will deem getting out of League 1 as success. Competing in the Championship is bigger than any of that. If being where we are is failure, then there are some stupid people out there. We’d rather be here than in the top of League 1. We’ve earned the right to be here. But it brings more defeats.
“We’re not in the drop zone, we’re still playing well. We’ve had a bad week, but it’s how we respond to that will define us.”
Like many of his players, this season is Robinson’s first taste of managerial life in the Championship.
But the 35-year-old says working at Liverpool and under Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers gives him plenty of experience and understanding of what it takes to succeed at this level.
Robinson said: “I’ve been in the Premier League, with a £50 million purse at the end of it. I’ve worked with the best manager in the country at turning around clubs in the bottom half in Sam Allardyce. I’m more equipped for working with him, people forget that.
“You’ve got to have the right mentality and draw upon the experience. I’ll be drawing on all my resources, but I’m absolutely loving it.”