Neal Ardley went easy on his AFC Wimbledon stars after the club suffered their first League Two defeat of the season at home to Hartlepool United.
“I don’t think we should be too hard on the starting 11 who have started off the season,” Ardley told Dons Player.
“There were some performances not up to their usual standards today and I’m not going to put it down to anything other than an off day. I don't think we should slaughter the players for that.
“We did not see through a game that we should. We had the worst possible start to the second-half because we did not do the right things from the kick-off.
“I am going to take the disappointment because it was another home game against a team down there and that was something we could not see through last season.
“I thought this group would be able to turn that on its head and at half-time we were on the way to doing that. When you look back on it we could have scored four or five goals today.
"We’ve got a group of good players who will score goals, but they didn’t today and we cannot use that as an excuse.”
AFC Wimbledon entertain Stevenage at Kingsmeadow this weekend.