An understandably glum Joe Taylor has vowed to “try and put things right” after Colchester United's dejecting home loss to MK Dons.

Despite being named as man of the match after his double in the 3-2 defeat, the U’s current top scorer in this campaign could not hide his disappointment.

“It’s devastating, we’re just going to have to come in with a bounce in our step and try and put things right going into next week," said Taylor.

The U’s led for most of the game after Taylor’s quickfire double, which swiftly cancelled out Mo Eisa’s early headed goal.

And the 20-year old praised the service for both his goals, adding: “Credit to both Junior [Tchamadeu] and Jayden [Fevrier], put the ball on a plate for me and all I had to do was tap it into a net."

Taylor met both deliveries in ruthless fashion, scoring his first with his shin, before an emphatic strike in the 13th minute to grant the U’s the lead.

And like his boss, Ben Garner, the Luton loanee noted a core element that deserted the home side on Saturday - the ability to see the game out.

"We’ve just got to learn to see out games," added Taylor.

"It’s just a shame that it had to go down that way. I thought all in all, we were a lot better, I think that sort of performance is exactly what the gaffer has been after since the start of the season.

"We were brilliant, again we’ve got to learn how to see out games."

Taylor appeared balanced when offering his take on a decision concerning Eisa, who was seen to be throwing an object in what many fans and the U’s bench believed to be an act of dissent.

“We definitely noticed but at the end of the day, if he is going to get sent off [for the apparent act of dissent] - he didn’t directly throw it at him did he? - so, if he’s going to get sent off for something like that, obviously it’s a bit silly, it would have been very soft," he added.

Taylor also had his say on the incident at 2-1, where the U’s felt Donell Thomas had been fouled in the box but were denied what boss Garner described as a “blatant penalty”.

“It was hard for me to see [with Taylor having been substituted]. I’d like to think that Donell is an honest guy and if he’s going to go down in the box then he must have felt some contact," he added.

Defeat left the U’s languishing ar the bottom of League Two, but Taylor has adapted to life in Colchester well, having netted four times in all competitions this season.

He was quick to identify the bigger picture, though, adding: “Personally it’s been a great start, but all in all, if we’re not getting results I can’t exactly have a bounce in my step, I might be scoring but we’re not getting anything from it."