Karl Robinson accepts his MK Dons side are destined for a bottom of the table scrap as they tumbled back down to 21st in the Championship.
Back-to-back defeats against Huddersfield and most recently Queens Park Rangers on Saturday (see pages 76 & 77) have only raised more questions as to the talent of the existing squad compared to the one which fired Dons to the Championship in May.
Dons’ list of ‘Missing In Action’ compared to last season is long and well-known, but Robinson doesn’t agree his side are weaker in the Championship than they were in League 1, but knows they’ll have their work cut out to keep their heads above the water come crunch time.
“It’s unfair to say (Dons are weaker),” he said. “I think we’ve got some really good players.
“It has been hard to replace the ones we lost, but we’ve got to work hard to overcome that.
“We’re punching above our weight and the reality is setting in. All I can ask if that we do our best. I’ll back the players to give everything.
“If we end up in an uncomfortable posotion, it won’t be for a lack of trying.
“This is our level. I’m disappointed that when we played well, we should have had more points. And that’s the unrealistic position.
“So it’s not so much where we are, but there are only a few games where we got what we deserved.
“We got that at Huddersfield and QPR. Four more points makes it look a lot more rosy than it does now.
“We knew when we were playing well and not winning that we’d also lose the games where we didn’t play well.
“There are so many ups and downs you have to go through in a season. It’s as ruthless and as tiresome as ever.”