MK Dons manager Dan Micciche was left to regret his side’s wasted chances after their defeat to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
The Dons had taken the lead against mid-table Rovers through Ike Ugbo and looked more lively. But it was a different story in the second period, as a double from John Marquis settled the contest in the visitor’s favour.
The Dons are 4 points adrift with 4 games to go, and with fellow strugglers Rochdale and Oldham playing each other in midweek, potentially leaving the Dons further adrift.
In his post-match interview, Micciche was left to rue the team’s failure to kill the game off after opening the scoring.
He said, “We had enough chances to win three or four games, which has been the story of the last few matches. We were on top throughout but I’m disappointed with their two goals. The defining moment was probably Ike’s chip in the first half, which was cleared off the line before it could be 2-0 and game over.”
Continuing on the point, Micciche felt the issue continued a sequence of matches where his side and team showed the potential for much more, but weren’t scoring the goals to put themselves out of a dangerous situation.
He said, “We said the same happened against Portsmouth, Blackburn and Blackpool where we should have had penalties and we’ve missed chances, but ultimately football games get decided in both boxes.
“The bit that hurts is that we just do so much work and the players take on board the movement and information on what we want to do, but you can’t need 17 shots to score one goal. We should be well clear of the situation, and would be if we took our chances. We take half or even a third of our chances and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
With four games of the season remaining, Micciche felt the team had to keep fighting to maintain their survival aspirations.
He said, “We’re at the point in the season where we have to fight for this fantastic football club. Nothing I say now can change the result, or what people think, or write, and we’ve got to keep fighting.
“I believe in our work and I know the staff won’t stop fighting. We’ve had an open and honest conversation with the players, and we’ll keep going. Until somebody tells me we mathematically can’t stay up, we’ll keep going.”
In his initial post-match comments, Micciche also criticised some supporters over posts that were made on social media about the fitness of goalkeeper Lee Nicholls in the week leading up to the match.
The Dons’ goalkeeper missed the game with a hand injury. The game against Doncaster was the first League One match he has missed in the campaign, with Wieger Sietsma stepping in to deputise.
Micciche was unhappy at those who put the news on social media in advance of the match, further adding that, “I think we shoot ourselves in the foot at times.”
The Dons manager later apologised in a follow-up interview with iFollow MK Dons on Sunday, commenting that the club’s supporters, “should be the last people who should be blamed at this time”.