Whether it is fear, complacency, arrogance or simply bad luck, MK Dons have to look back more than half a year to find their last home win.
Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat to Bury tells but half the story of another home loss.
Hitting the post twice, denied a penalty, two top-class saves from Bury keeper Ben Williams, an early error and a giveaway goal at the death. But the scoreline ultimately tells the most important story.
Dons have to look as far back as March 5 for their last win at home, a 2-0 win over QPR, but 10 games later, the fans are still waiting for the next one to come along.
From the hopeless against Rotherham to the hapless against Bury, is doubt beginning to creep in?
“I wouldn’t say it’s getting in our heads, but building up to games, it is in there because it’s all we talk about,” said manager Karl Robinson. “But when the whistle goes, it goes.
“The complaints can only be through frustration. There’s a huge element of luck in Bury’s result and I don’t think that’s being disrespectful to them.
“But the only thing that matters is the result.”
Defender George Baldock, who has seen plenty of ups and downs with the club, feels the players owe it to the fans after six long months without a win to celebrate.
He said: “I don’t think it’s playing on our minds, but we know how important it is to win at home.
“Things just aren’t going for us. I just can’t believe we’ve lost that game 3-1.
“The season we went up, this place was a fortress. But we need to put back-to-back wins together, because it has been so long since we’ve been able to do that.
“We’ll come under some scrutiny, rightly or wrongly, because we’ve lost at home again, but we’ve got to put it right for the fans.”