MK Dons head of coaching Richie Barker has said the team need to concentrate for the full match if they want to stay in the Championship.

The Dons have been a surprise this season as despite their lack of budget and big name signings, they have put in a number of impressive performances which has seen them fight to 21st place, just above the relegation zone.

However despite the team’s best efforts, their impressive performances haven’t been enough in some games. This was especially shown in their last game against Blackburn Rovers. The Dons had done enough to get a point but a late free kick from Jordi Gomez won the game for Blackburn, leaving MK with nothing to show for their efforts.

And their coach Barker has said that if they want to stop losing games like this, they need to concentrate for the full game.

Following the loss to Blackburn, Barker told the club website: “There are plenty of positives to focus on,”

“We’ll go over the things that cost us and we’ll try to ensure those things are taken on-board.”

“It is a bit of luck sometimes, but a free kick bent in the 93rd minute is quality from the other side. Ideally, we could have done it six inches either side, or the free kick not being given.”

“Some of our mistakes are getting punished, but there are times when you get away with it. Unfortunately, some of the things are resulting in goals. The games are so tight as well, so the odd goal is costing us.”

“When I look back to when I was 20, I wasn’t getting these things either, like picking up the second ball after set plays, or game management, the importance of running down the clock. Conceding late goals is sometimes down to naivety, and that’s not just down to the young players. We’re a fairly young squad, and some have to learn fairly quickly. We’re learning the hard way at the moment.”