Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw admitted it was a struggle to break down a resolute Burton Albion side at the weekend.
The Reds could grab only a point in their last home game of the season as the Brewers clearly came for the draw.
And Welsh frontman Bradshaw, pictured, believes the visitors parked the bus from the outset.
He said: “I pretty much thought it was 10 men behind the ball from the start, to be honest.
“It’s difficult when you play a team that came for a draw.
“It’s always hard to break down a whole team behind the ball.”
Nigel Clough’s outfit needed only a point to stay up, and they got the job done with a game to spare.
Paul Heckingbottom’s charges had the majority of the chances, but a poor goal led to their sixth successive draw at Oakwell.
“I think the performance was there,” reflected Bradshaw, who has netted eight times since joining the club last summer.
“There were a lot of positives in the game.
“It was just unfortunate that we let a weak goal in and didn’t finish the job.
“The performances have been consistent all season, but we’ve just drawn too many games.”
Meanwhile, rumours persist about Marley Watkins’ future at Oakwell.
The versatile forward has openly said his head was turned by Premier League interest in January, with the club rejecting a formal transfer request.
Since then Watkins has been outstanding, but he is yet to put pen to paper to a new deal which would see him stay at Oakwell beyond the end of the season.
Former Reds boss Lee Johnson is keen to rekindle his relationship with the player at Bristol City, while Leeds United are also interested in the 26-year-old.Click here for the latest news from Oakwell