Karl Robinson is already looking forward to getting 2013 out of the way.
With long term injuries to first team players, troubles on the road and individual errors proving fatal, Dons have found themselves 11th in League 1.
And Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Tranmere Rovers was their sixth defeat in eight games, and their fifth in a row away from stadium:mk.
But despite the poor September and October Dons have suffered, Robinson isn’t ready to re-evalutate his ambitions for the season.
“Not yet,” he said. “I still believe we’ll be in good shape at the end of the season.
“We’re all looking forward to 2014 – maybe 13 is our unlucky number.
“We have to turn this around. We’re trying to push and move forward.
“If we can get our players fit, if we can keep Patrick (Bamford) and don’t lose any other players in January, I think we’ll be in a healthy position.
“Unfortunately for us, our injuries are to players in the starting 11.
“I do believe we’ll go and put a run together when we get people fit again. We’ll put wins on the board.”
And the manager admits he is unconcerned with the current league position, and thinks his side are capable of at least the play-offs .
He said: “I don’t like to pay attention to the league table, but sometimes you can’t avoid it.
“And if that’s a slump, that’s not bad.
“We are three points from the play-offs. I’d call a slump as us being in the bottom four.”
Dons return to stadium:mk on Saturday, taking on Walsall.