Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson insists he is proud of his side despite their 3-0 defeat by Walsall bringing a 12-match unbeaten run to an end.
The Dons, who are now four points behind leaders Bristol City, had not lost in League One since 27 September.
Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I'm not going to hang my players out to dry after one afternoon.
"We just weren't at the races, but I'm immensely proud of the players over the 13 games. I can't ask for more."
|Prior to defeat by Walsall, MK Dons won eight and drew four of their previous 12 games, scoring 25 goals and conceding only five.|
The Dons had scored 13 without reply in the previous two league home games and, prior to Sunday's defeat, had the best defensive record in the division.
"We didn't get the rub of the green," Robinson said. "We weren't at our fluent best. We have to be honest.
"I didn't see that energy, zip and spark about us, but I have seen it for the last 12 games. We'll pick ourselves up and go again."