An instant return to League 1 would hurt and embarrass Dons boss Karl Robinson.
His Dons side’s performance on Saturday invoked the same emotions as they turned in their poorest show of the season in the 2-0 defeat away at Brentford.
After the defeat, Robinson admitted his side would be relegated if they were to repeatedly perform as poorly.
While financially it wouldn’t destroy the club, Robinson knows that on a personal level, relegation back to the third tier would cause him much dismay
“It would be embarrassing,” he said this week. “It would hurt me immensely.
“But when you see where we were last season and where we are now, people are expecting us to go down.
“If we got relegated, we’ll go again. We won’t lose anything catastrophic because we’re a stable club.
“We’re not here to be cannon fodder, but here to be part of a select group of teams. Hopefully, we’ll continue that next year.
“The challenge is harder to stay up this year than it was to come up last year.
“This is the hardest this has ever been. There are more teams better than ever, and the teams are at the bottom better than ever. Great!
“We’ve got out of League 1 at the hardest it has been, and now we’ve gone up to the Championship where it’s the best it has been.
“But there’s no team cut adrift, every team is fighting for survival.
“My anxiety is borne out of the next game, not what will happen in May.
“I love this club. It’s not just a club, but a way of life.”