Wally Downes believes his team should've gone on to "comfortably" beat Accrington Stanley following a bright start, but didn't deserve to in the end.

The AFC Wimbledon boss was impressed with the opening 30 minutes which saw Joe Pigott sweep home his 14th goal of the season, courtesy of Steven Seddon's assist.

But Paul Kalambayi's defensive error was capitalised on by winger Jordan Clark, who slotted home Accrington's equaliser some 13 minutes later.

And while things could have gone from bad to worse for the Dons, 14-goal striker Billy Kee dragged his shot wide of the target after Accrington were awarded a penalty.

"I think we should've won the game today, the way we started and the way we played and the way we approached it, but I also think we were fragile for five minutes and it takes us quite a while to get that back," he said after the game.

"We controlled the first half an hour and we've got to be more professional and see it out and not make errors and get punished for them.

"We were comfortably in control of the game and the whole scenario changed from their goal, which was a gift from us to them.

Downes added: "We didn't really get our composure back after we gave them the goal and weren't strong enough as a collective to go out and win the second half, so that was disappointing.

"But I thought that, on the first half an hour's performance, that we should've gone on and won the game comfortably."

When asked whether his side deserved to win, he replied: "No."

While the Dons had the chance to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in nearly six months, a point sees them level on goal difference with Southend United who are 20th.

Despite the disappointment at not securing the win, Downes believes the point could be a valuable one come the end of the season.

He added: "Three would've been great but you've got to respect the point. With five games to go, come the last day [against Bradford], we could look back on that and it could be quite a critical point for us."