Dean Lewington says the 3-1 defeat to Leyton Orient could be a blessing in disguise as Dons ended their season on a low note.
After back-to-back 2-2 draws with play-off sides Brentford and Rotherham, Dons were shown no mercy by Orient in the final game of the season at stadium:mk on Saturday, with two goals from Kevin Lisbie and a David Mooney goal earning Russell Slade’s men all three points.
But Lewington believes if Dons would’ve snatched something from the game, it could have glossed over some of the cracks beginning to widen in the Dons squad.
“I said to the boys that it was probably a blessing in disguise that we lost today,” he said. “The results in the last couple of games have been good, and I wonder if we’d won, it might cover up some of the cracks.
“People would’ve been carried away and thinking we’re better than we were.
“We got shown up for exactly what we were.
“But now we’ve got three months to sit down and look at that.”
Manager Karl Robinson said it will be a summer of rebuilding during the off-season, and Lewington believes the Dons squad could have a whole new look by the time it hits the pitch again in August.
He said: “There are a lot of players who could be going in the summer - I’m not privy to that information, so I don’t know.
“This summer, it seems like there will be quite a few changes and it’ll be interesting to see who they bring in.
“We’ll have a summer of trying to wheel and deal and try and bring people in who he thinks will improve the club.”