Karl Robinson has threatened to dump any player not willing to give their all as Dons face the huge task of getting into the League 1 play-offs this season.
Tuesday night’s shock 3-2 home defeat to struggling Shrewsbury Town saw Dons comfortably out-play their opponents. But two counter-attacking goals in the first half saw them 2-0 down after 19 minutes thanks to a Tom Eaves double.
Ryan Lowe’s brace either side of half time levelled it up a minute into the second half, but a catastrophic mistake by Antony Kay saw him turn into his own net and give Shrewsbury the three points.
After the game, Robinson admitted that Dons now face a near-impossible task to get into the play-offs, and told players not willing to try that they will be searching for new clubs in the summer.
“It was a hill, but it’s now a mountain,” said Robinson. “Can they do it? If they stick to doing what they’re doing, they won’t be far away. Will they ever stop? No? I’ll never say no until it’s over.
“It’s important the players don’t get too despondent. We have got a massive mountain to climb now, and they know the enormity of the challenge.
“And it starts on Saturday against Tranmere, and it will continue with Crewe away. The next games become the most important games of some of these players’ careers because if any of them let this season fritter away – they’ll need to find themselves a new club next year if they don’t put a shift in from now until the end of the season.”
The shock 3-2 defeat sees Dons in 13th place in League 1, while many of their play-off rivals have also been dropping points with regularity.
With 10 games remaining, Dons have 12 points to make up on the top six.