While Antony Kay’s late own goal cost Dons all three points at Leeds, Karl Robinson refused to be disappointed with a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Rob Hall fired Dons ahead after half an hour and Dons looked good value for the win. But Kay misjudged a looping ball with three minutes to go, heading into his own net to give the home side a share of the spoils.
“I just told him to get his head up,” said Robinson afterwards. “We performed with no fear, in the way we play too. We can be immensely proud. But it was human error at the end there. It was just an error. Words can’t really explain the goal.
“How can I be frustrated when we play like that? It would have been one of the best wins of my career. We didn’t come here and shell it forward, and kick long balls.
“It was a unique performance from us, and I go home happy.
“I can’t ask for more from any one of my players. We were excellent from whistle to whistle.
“Bowditch played with a calf problem, Samir Carruthers dislocated his shoulder twice in the first half and again in the second, and David Martin had two strong injections in his shoulder. He won’t play in Northampton now. He can’t.”
It could have been more for Dons though, with Sol Bamba at the heart of two controversial moments, tripping Rob Hall in the penalty area, and clipping Nicky Maynard when he was through on goal but somehow avoiding a red card from referee Jeremy Simpson.
It is the second time this season Bamba has escaped giving away a penalty to Dons, having a blatant handball turned away at stadium:mk earlier this season.
Robinson added: “The one on Sol Bamba, I’ve just been laughing with him after the game. I thought he got away with it, and the referee felt there was a touch. If there was, it was from Rob Hall.”
After the performance against Brentford prompted the Dons boss to threaten his players with relegation from the Championship, he felt if they were to perform like they did against Leeds, they’d be a top half side.
He said: “It’s hard to replicate that. We were a little open in the second half, but that’s the only problem we had. Other than that, we were excellent.”