DONS must bounce back to form on Saturday according to boss Karl Robinson after admitted Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic left him feeling ‘the lowest I’ve ever felt’.
A crucial slip from David Martin just before the break handed Shefki Kuqi the simplest of finishes to open the scoring at Boundary Park, before some lacklustre defending early in the second half allowed Tom Adeyemi to double the lead.
Clinton Morrison’s tap in with five minutes remaining came too late in the day for Dons to mount a decent fightback, even though the on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker came close again in stoppage time.
Though on the night, nothing really went their way as the home side took advantage.
And while David Martin’s mistake two minutes before the interval, slipping as he went to catch a long ball up to Kuqi, will be highlighted as the turning point in the game, the lack of chances created at the other end arguably cost Dons more as they spent the second half chasing the game.
Torrential rain made the surface treacherous and Oldham played the conditions perfectly. But Robinson refused to use it as an excuse for his side’s performance, admitting it was the worst he’d seen Dons play this season.
“We just didn’t play, didn’t turn up,” he said. “This performance we’ve not seen once this season. That’s by far the worst we’ve played.
“It just wasn’t good enough, not by along way. We set our stall out, set our standards and were a million miles away. It’s not acceptable, for the staff or players.
“This result has deeply hurt me, and it’s probably the lowest I’ve ever felt.
“We needed to understand the game better, and get in positions where the opposition can’t let you slip. It might be silly, but we shouldn’t be twisting, turning and reacting to things late.
“You have to hold your hands up – they played the conditions better than us.
“We need to re-group, do the right things and make sure we turn up on Saturday and win the game.”
Bournemouth travel to stadium:mk sitting 18th in League 1, and while Monday’s defeat meant Dons missed the chance to move back to second place, they are still right in the hunt for automatic promotion with a quarter of the season now gone.
The defeat at Boundary Park though is only Dons’ second loss of the season – both have been on the road and have arguably seen individual errors cost them dearly.
But Robinson has vowed to put Monday’s result behind them, and is looking to bounce back in style on Saturday.
He said: “I walked away disappointed in myself, my players, the staff, everybody. We win together, and we lose together. It’s a learning curve for us all. But we will come back a much better team.”