Karl Robinson wrote off Dons’ 2-1 defeat away at relegation battling Coventry City on Saturday as a freak result.
After two goals in the opening 12 minutes gave the home side a 2-0 lead, Dons threw the kitchen sink at the Sky Blues but couldn’t find a break through, barring Daniel Powell’s 55th minute strike.
It was as one-sided a game as you’re likely to get at any level, but as Coventry sat deep, Dons’ were left licking their wounds.
But Robinson was far from despondent afterwards, admitting he never felt his side would lose.
“We had the chances,” he said. “But the players were magnificent and the fans were sensational.
“If we play like that every week, we go up. Today was a freak result. Winners accept these results out of frustration, and we know we have to turn it around. We’ve been beaten but we haven’t played badly.
“At no stage did I think we were going to lose. Even at 2-0. We made our substitutions, and they made an impact.
“The goals came from silly individual errors. After their second goal, they didn’t have another shot.”
The result leaves Dons still second in League 1, but Preston are now level on points with a game in hand. However, with Preston travelling to stadium:mk next Saturday, Robinson remains upbeat.
He said: “I think the players were looking at the table, but it’s still in our hands.
“And we’ve got to play Preston next week. I think our fans would take that.”
There were nearly 1,700 travelling fans at the Ricoh Arena to cheer their team on, and Robinson hopes the performance, even though it ended in defeat, will encourage more to travel with them on the road in the future, while adding to the ever-increasing confidence around stadium:mk.
“We’ve woken Milton Keynes up,” he added. “We just can’t let them go back to sleep. And they won’t after that performance.
“It takes a lot to start a frenzy in Milton Keynes, and I’ve never seen an away following like that, other than Wembley.
“We’re believing. And the players believe more than ever.”