MK Dons’ 3-0 loss at home to Burton on Saturday added to their poor run of four defeats in a row and has left them in 17th position in League One.
So far this season, the Dons’ league form has been incredibly inconsistent. They picked up some excellent results earlier in the season, including a 3-0 victory away at Blackpool and victories at home against Lincoln and AFC Wimbledon. But they’ve also suffered some heavy losses too, a 4-0 defeat to Peterborough at the end of August and now the 3-0 home loss to Burton has disrupted any momentum to their season.
Such results must be a concern for Paul Tisdale as his side are yet to perform at their best consistently this season and this most recent poor run has highlighted this. Furthermore, his side is yet to win two consecutive league matches in a row and they have only picked up three points away from home this season which will cause further problems for Tisdale.
The Dons have conceded seven goals in their last four and Saturday’s loss to Burton made particularly difficult watching for the fans as they faced 21 shots on goal and looked lacklustre and completely short of confidence, only having seven attempts on goal throughout the match.
Although their defence hasn’t been on top form this season, letting in this many goals in a short space of time and being completely outplayed by Burton will be a concern and will certainly be effecting the confidence of Paul Tisdale’s side.
The lack of goals over the last four fixtures will also be a worry for Tisdale. MK Dons have only scored once in their last four matches, before this they had scored 16 goals in seven fixtures. A combination of leaking of goals at a quicker rate and the fact that the goals have suddenly disappeared over the last few matches could cause serious problems and both of these areas must be addressed by Tisdale if he is to prevent his side from slipping further down the league over the next few weeks.
The international break will provide some respite for MK Dons and allow them some time to put this poor run of form behind them. But if they are to progress, providing more consistency is vital for Paul Tisdale and if the current run of bad form continues then the Dons will quickly find themselves in a League One relegation battle over the next few weeks.