MK Dons defender Scott Wootton was left disappointed after a home defeat by Portsmouth, but hopeful the team had shown enough to turn things around.

The defender spoke after the Dons suffered a 2-1 defeat in their League One match with the side from the South Coast. The Dons had taken the lead through Ike Ugbo but couldn’t take their chances in a lively game and then conceded two late strikes as Portsmouth took the points and left the Dons 4 points from safety.

Wootton felt the reverse was a sickener, and was left particularly disappointed by two Portsmouth goals.

He said, “We’ve got another game on Tuesday, but its an absolute sickener for us. To be 1-0 up so late on and not even draw – end up losing – is just an absolute sickener.

“We’re hugely disappointed. In the last 10 minutes, we’re thinking on just keeping the clean sheet, but they get it to 1-1 when we don’t switch on to the short corner. Its a good ball and their centre-back gets up. I take responsibility for it.

“For the second, we were thinking that we should just get a point and if followed by 3 on Tuesday, its a good couple of games. But its a poor goal to concede and we need to be doing better. If we’d taken our earlier chances, we’d have finished the game off, and we need to address both situations.”

Despite the defeat, Wootton felt the team had showed creative potential and now needed to push on for Tuesday night’s match with fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic.

The defender said, “I think its more worrying if we’d sat here on a defeat where we hadn’t really had any chances.

“We created the chances, got in the right areas, and are looking more creative but we need to put it in the back of the net more, and we did it once but should’ve done more. There’s positives to take but we have to pick ourselves up for a massive game on Oldham.

“Its a must-win game. We have to take the three points there, and hopefully use it to kick start a good run.”