Dons boss Karl Robinson described his side’s performance in the 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town as the worst he had seen in a long time.
Kyle McFadzean gifted Nahki Wells the ball on the hour mark to allow the home side to take the lead, before a late David Martin clearance only found substitute Flo Bojaj, who slid in Jamie Paterson to kill the game off with the final kick of the game.
While the standard on the night was poor all-round, Dons were guilty of trying to over-play at times - far from the performance which saw them sweep aside Blackburn Rovers at stadium:mk just three days earlier.
In a frank post-match interview, Robinson said his side had to forget everything about the game at the John Smith’s Stadium and move on quickly.
“We were rubbish,” he said. “We were rubbish and I include myself too. I was rubbish. That’s the worst we’ve played for a long, long time. I can’t lie to you. My players know that, and I can’t come out and tell you otherwise.
“I have very high standards of my players, and that’s not acceptable. We don’t play like that. We played too many long balls, we tried to force the issue against two centre backs who are physical and strong, we didn’t get between the lines and we looked lethargic.
“We’ve played so well recently, so I can’t ask for a lot more. Everyone has bad days, when you just don’t get out of bed right, the days when things aren’t right.
“I’ll back the players, but when they play like that, I have to tell them.
“People have already said ‘if we didn’t make the errors, we’d have a good point.’ I don’t want a point. I want to get points playing the right way.”
Of the last three goal conceded by Dons, two were gifted to the opposition - Huddersfield and Bristol City - by defensive errors from McFadzean and Antony Kay arguably over-playing, allowing attackers a free run on goal.
Robinson admitted it’s not a feature of his preferred style of play, but won’t hold it against the centre backs.
He said: “We have to be careful because we want to play the way we do, but that wasn’t it. But don’t play a pass blind, or a Cruyff turn against one of the fastest forwards in the league.
“Kyle McFadzean and Antony Kay will tell you they’re sorry for those, though and that’s why I love the two of them. They give me everything.”
With QPR up next, Robinson insists Dons have to bounce back in the opening 10 minutes to ensure there is no hangover of the poor display.
He said: “It’ll be one hell of an opening 10 minutes because we will go hell for leather. They owe us one. We have to wear our shirt with pride.”