Karl Robinson said he was shell-shocked not to have come away from stadium:mk on Saturday with all three points.
Crawley held on for a 0-0 draw, but Dons were by far the better side, with Ryan Lowe having the ball in the back of the net three times, but each was chalked off courtesy of the offside flag.
Chances also fell to Jon Otsemobor, Shaun Williams, Darren Potter, Daniel Powell and Patrick Bamford, but it just didn’t drop for Dons.
Robinson said: “We’ve pummelled them. We had so many chances. Where do you start? These were gilt-edged chances. I didn’t make any more substitutions because we were so dominant.
“I’m absolutely shell-shocked. The players and the fans don’t deserve that. As a fan, I’m just as frustrated, and the players are on their knees in there.
“The players couldn’t do any more but put it in the back of the net. Even the defenders had chances. It’s not just the forwards. But we couldn’t do any more. It was a dominant performance.”
Lowe’s hat-trick of offside goals showed the marksman was still in good nick, but saw his best chance saved by a wonder-stop from Paul Jones in the Crawley net.
Robinson though believes at least one of his efforts should have stood.
“The second one he’s onside,” Robinson said. “The linesman was so eager to give the first one offside and did his utmost to not let us score.
“But the second one was onside. Shaun Williams should have scored though. The third one was a yard offside, but we’re talking small margins.”
With sixth place Swindon the visitors on Tuesday night, Robinson knows that it’s all or nothing against the Robins.
“It’s win or we’re out. It’s no holds barred. We have to win the games, so at least we know where we are. If we play like that for the rest of the season, we will win all of our games and that’ll be enough.
“The group looks stronger, and we’re only going to get better, but I just hope it’s not too late.”