MK Dons midfielder Conor McGrandles admitted he was frustrated they couldn’t get rewards from their game with Lincoln, but looked for the Dons to put it behind them.

The Scot spoke after Lincoln were 2-0 winners at stadium mk in a match between two of League 2’s promotion front-runners. He said it was a frustrating one to lose, but also added it was still in their hands.

He said, “It was frustrating. Until they scored, I thought we were dominating, with all the territory and a lot of pressure, and we had some good chances. Then the penalty gave them something to hold on to, and you can see they’re very effective at what they do. On another day, we could’ve won that game.”

McGrandles also commented that there were other games where the Dons may have got more than they deserved, but added that all they could do was win their remaining games and voiced his excitement for the rest of the season.

He said, “It happens all the way through the season. There’s game where we haven’t played so well but have won and other teams feel the way we do now. We’ve had a few like that but we’ve been here before. We’ve lost a game but its only one and we still have five games to get the points.

“There’s still 15 points to play for and at the moment, we’re still in the top 3. If we win all our games, then that’s it and that’s all we can do. I’ve been in a promotion run once, when I was 18 or something, and now I’m bit a more mature, I can appreciate it a bit more.”

Talking about Lincoln, McGrandles felt their opponents showed their effectiveness, and that they now had to prepare for another big game next week at Tranmere.

He said, “They’re really effective and well-drilled. In the game I always thought we would get a goal and we had a few really good chances but couldn’t make it. We’re still in the top 3 with a massive game next week, and we have to prepare for that now.”

All of the Dons’ remaining games are against teams that can still go up automatically, make the play-offs or be relegated, and McGrandles said the team had to rise to each individual challenge.

He said, “Everyone’s going to have to fight for everything. Every game we’ve got is against someone who still has promotion, play-offs or relegation to play for, and everyone’s going to be giving everything. We’ve got to do the same.”