MK Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls was left frustrated after their 1-0 defeat by Bristol Rovers at stadium:mk.

The Dons goalkeeper spoke to the media after a second half goal from his former loan team-mate Ellis Harrison split the two sides, with Nicholls confirming in a post-match discussion that the striker had meant to cross it.

He said, “It was a frustrating afternoon. In the second half, they had one shot and I spoke to them after the game – the guy said it was a cross and not a shot at all. Its just the way the ball’s rolling for us at the moment.

“I know Ellis – I was at Bristol a couple of seasons ago and was quite close with him. I spoke to him after the game and he said it was a cross, but at the end of the day, a goal’s a goal and its just another one of those games.”

Nicholls was also left frustrated the Dons were unable to test his opposite number enough times during the game, although he did praise a stop made to deny Robbie Muirhead during the second period.

He said, “To be fair to him, he made a great save from Robbie and I told him at the end he’d made a great save. But I can’t recall him making another save.”

Despite the Dons being on a winless run in League One lasting the entirety of 2018, Nicholls felt the team still had the necessary skill-set to get out of their current predicament, and needed to maintain team unity during the process.

He said, “I think we are still together and confident in each other. We’ve got to stick together. I’ve been in this situation before and in the times we got out of it, we stuck together, and never pointed fingers or blamed each other. We stuck behind each other and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

The goalkeeper was also full of praise for supporters who helped the match go ahead, and felt inspired to succeed, but was left frustrated they couldn’t deliver.

He said, “They did a great job for us to get the game on. We tried to do a job for them to get the win because they worked hard – we’d seen all the pictures. But we couldn’t deliver today.”